Video test – Citroën Ami Buggy (2022): Electric in the air
Limited collection of fifty copies
No longer on sale…
Greeted with some skepticism, the Citroën Ami nonetheless met with nice industrial success, because it offered over 20,000 items in lower than two years. Contrary to what one may suppose, it’s primarily offered not in cities however in the countryside, the place it appeals to individuals who don’t (or not) have a driving license. Rich dad and mom additionally like to supply it to their kids, as they discover it a lot safer than two-wheelers. Its cheap worth for an unlicensed automobile, its tangy design and its reassuring quote helped it quite a bit, but it surely seduced his creativeness above all else. In reality, it presents two good aspect-by-aspect seats in a closed cabin, which contrasts it with the Renault Twizy and its tandem seats.
In December 2021, Citroën introduced the Ami Buggy idea, saying that it might be restricted to 50 numbered examples. Also, when the gross sales web site opened in July, all had been instantly offered out, regardless of being priced €2,000 greater than the customary Ami, or €9,790.
Pay extra with out a door, changed by a easy metallic flap like a gondola gate, it really works! We have a detachable roof, in the type of a mushy prime that we like in the 2CV, in addition to in the type of sure decorations: golden rims with out hubcaps, khaki paint, huge roof spoiler… it is spectacular!
Mechanically, nevertheless, no adjustments: 8.2 hp, 5.5 kWh battery, 45 km/h max, 70 km autonomy. Since it is a quadricycle, the approval requirements are way more versatile: no ABS or ESP, no airbags, no central mirrors…
This makes it attainable to have a gross sales worth, which is far decrease than a Twizy, in addition to very intelligent manufacturing: for instance, the back and front faces are nearly equivalent, which limits growth and manufacturing prices. Speaking of producing, Citroën just isn’t fully ruling out restarting manufacturing of the Ami Buggy. Think about whether or not you might be planning to purchase a second-hand for €25,000…
On the road: No, relatively in the metropolis
Joe Taxi, he would not go in every single place…associates do not both. He doesn’t have the proper to drive in the lane for automobiles, even on the Parisian ring highway. No drawback, we attempt it in Le Touquet, in cool climate (17°C) however below a lovely solar. I hoped to replay Jin Yan’s driver’s license sketch (these below 40 will not know) as I envisioned the cramped cockpit. In actuality, on board, the two huge fellows calm down with out embarrassing one another. The impression of area for a automobile 2.40 meters lengthy is even wonderful! It have to be mentioned that we sit nearly towards the rear window, in order that the windshield appears very far-off. We do not should defog it with a rag…
This is unlikely to occur with the Ami Buggy as it’s open to all air resulting from the absence of doorways. You pull the tab, the door opens, and also you sit in (and never in) a seat whose consolation is paying homage to the picket seats of a Sprague-Thomson subway prepare. Then, we respect the considerate driving place. We flip the key, a beep sounds, we press button D, on the left aspect of the seat, and… we drive. Thrust is not violent, however sufficient to suit seamlessly into city visitors. We attain the promised 45 km/h pretty rapidly, and after a superb lunch we preserve them uphill. Then, when the touchdown comes, you press the N button, which stops the engine and you may attain a pace of fifty km/h. Speed vertigo!
As visibility is superb, you possibly can see all hazards coming, except they seem behind Ami: the mirrors are too small. For its half, the steering is relatively effectively calibrated, so is fast and lightweight sufficient, however by no means compromises the stability of the automobile. In addition, we possess an extremely-brief turning radius.
Hold the highway? Or relatively streetwear… It seems to be wholesome and wonderful, with the Citroen firmly planted on its wheels and pushed again by the 4 corners of the chassis. No sudden tendency to roll over (which occurs in unlicensed automobiles), slight understeer at the restrict. It behaves like a effectively-designed mini-traction, and if you wish to have enjoyable, you possibly can all the time pull the handbrake (very efficient) on a closed monitor. Even braking is convincing, as a result of sturdy sufficient and simple to dose.
As for the suspension, it bounces however filters unevenness respectably whereas minimizing physique roll. Only, once more, the horribly laborious seat manifests itself by hurting your rear. Citroën has introduced 70 km of autonomy? It is not possible to examine without delay, we have now way back compote base!
However, the buggy is simply meant for brief coastal journeys, and drinks up the scrumptious feeling of the open air. So what does it matter if chaos strikes, it is made for that. It did not matter if the metallic flaps sounded as loud as they may, we would not be on board for lengthy. It would not matter if the smartphone holder would not reassure… Oh no, it is annoying: you are afraid of dropping your terminal when the automobile goes over a giant bump, even if you’re stolen by hand rapidly stopped. It have to be mentioned that the good friend attracts curious and useful consideration.
Last level, in our copy, the instrumentation block was poorly positioned and unreadable as its show lacked complete brightness. In basic, the machine doesn’t appear to final lengthy. Perfect for educating crafts to youngsters!