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Post by KP » 05 Oct 2009, 07:55

I wonder if they didn't bother posting other versions up as they were all pretty much the same speed only being limited by the grip of the tyres. and some of the vehicles below it have much wider and lower profiles as well...

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Post by Citroenmad » 22 Dec 2009, 00:04

I was sorting through the loft the other day and whilst coming across even more old citroen brochures (Amis, DS, Sm etc) i found a very good Activa road test. Its against a 3 series BMW and an Audi A4. There are some good pictures on there too.

If i get time ill scan it.

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Post by Citroenmad » 02 Jan 2010, 22:50

Found this on the back of a citroen roadtest and quite liked the picture so thought id stick it in here:

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If you cant make out the writing it says:

Normal Xantia: supple, yes, but it still rolls in a corner like any other car.

Xantia Activa: Just as soft in a straight line but comes on well hard in a corner.

It goes on to say that the degree of lean in the picture is the compression of the tyre sidewalls during cornering loads.

Nice picture i thought, the red VSX looks good there too.

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Post by Sl4yer » 02 Jan 2010, 23:39

Very interesting Chris!

Can you put up the rest please? :)

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Post by Citroenmad » 02 Jan 2010, 23:49

Here is the page which goes with that picture:

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Though im not sure if uts going to be readable and i dont fancy typing it out :lol: Any ideas how i might make it bigger? :?

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Post by addo » 03 Jan 2010, 10:09

Did anyone else notice the NSF tyre on that Activa? :shock: He's giving it some, alright.

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Post by XantiaMan » 03 Jan 2010, 10:43

addo wrote:Did anyone else notice the NSF tyre on that Activa? :shock: He's giving it some, alright.


Hence the need to W rated tyres, they are stiffer on the sidewall and can take more load. Difficult to find though, so i am currently on V rated through the winter as i dont push it that much in cold/wet weather. Its also the reason why the tyre pressures are quite high, to keep the tyre on the rim!

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Post by Citroenmad » 03 Jan 2010, 11:29

So with extra speed ratings you get a stiffer sidewall? I thought it was the weight ratings which effected that, such as a 97W instead of an 93W, or you can get XL tyres for extra loads. Though it makes sense for higher speed tyres to increase tyre strength to some degree.

V = up to 149mph
W = up to 168mph

My C5 has Ws on, though weight ratings are still 93.

I would have thought michelins would be just what you wouldnt want on an activa, the sidewalls seem to be so soft.

Looking at the tyres on those xantias, it looks as though the activa is really getting some stick and its cornering faster than the VSX. No wonder its wheels are stronger than normal. Those tyres could be ripped off it they are a bit underinflated.

The write up seems just about readable?

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Post by XantiaMan » 03 Jan 2010, 17:51

My basic understanding is that to increase the weight loading there has to be a stiffer sidewall as a result. The original tyres, Michelin Pilot SX GT are no longer available sadly.

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Post by KP » 03 Jan 2010, 20:30

Have a look in the tyre rating thread.

Im waiting for some dry days to see how well my latest tyre purchase performs. in the wet/moist conditions it is average so far :(

Oh and would be good to get photos like that of a cornering Activa :D

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Post by Citroenmad » 04 Jan 2010, 11:01

Maybe at the FCF track day? :)

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Post by genius149 » 12 Sep 2010, 21:39

Citroenmad wrote:Nice to see the Activa in the above road test: N439 XCF has got tax until 04.2010 :D


The other two cars aren't listed with Doovla. Perhaps they took a corner too fast and ended up in a ditch/tree/field :twisted:

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Post by Citroenmad » 04 Apr 2011, 23:38

Ive another test I have in paper form to scan and put in here, ill do it soon.

Just noticed though, that green Activa in the above pictures isnt wearing an Activa front bumper .... it must have wider wings though, or maybe not?

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Post by XantiaMan » 05 Apr 2011, 07:58

Citroenmad wrote:Ive another test I have in paper form to scan and put in here, ill do it soon.

Just noticed though, that green Activa in the above pictures isnt wearing an Activa front bumper .... it must have wider wings though, or maybe not?


Its the 2 ltr 16v which had narrow wings and also the 205/55 tyres, all others had bigger wings and tyres. The lower profile but fractionally less wide tyres may actually help improve the feel of the system.