This might come as a surprise to some, but Citroen produced the Bertone-designed XM executive car for 11 years, between 1989 and 2000. When it first came out, it was one of the smoothest-riding cars in the world thanks to its adjustable suspension.
Of course, if you’re any sort of a movie buff, you probably remember it from its cameo in the 1995 action-thriller Ronin, where it went on to have an iconic street race against an AudiS8.
What you see here is a 1992 V6-powered model with 56,000 miles (91,000 km) on the clock, which made the trip from Japan of all places, all the way to Pennsylvania last year. It’s currently being auctioned off on Bring a Trailer.
The exterior is finished in grey/dark silver, and unfortunately features a dent in the passenger-side door – visible in the images. Another issue is that the fluid reservoir leaks when the suspension is set at the lowest height. By the way, these hydropneumatic self-leveling suspensions by Citroen can be quite costly to repair (if needed), so definitely factor that into any decision to purchase such a vehicle.
Inside, there’s wood trim on the doors as well as the dash and center console, leather seats, sunshades, power windows, power…well, pretty much power-everything. Citroen meant for the XM to be very technologically advanced so as to fight off non-premium rivals such as the Ford Scorpio or the Opel Omega, but also premium ones like the Audi 100 or the BMW 5-Series.
As for performance, the XM isn’t necessarily slow by early 90’s standards. Thanks to its 3.0-liter V6 petrol unit, this car would have used 167 PS (165 HP) and 235 Nm (173 lb-ft) of torque when new, for a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph).