Citroen has teamed up with Aussie surf brand, Rip Curl, to release a special edition C4 Cactus.
Almost two months after the French car maker revealed its C4 Cactus Rip Curl at the Geneva International Motor Show, the special edition has been released in Europe with the first cars going on sale in the UK on June 1.
Despite its connection to the Aussie surf brand, Citroen Australia says it has no plans to release the Cactus Rip Curl on Australian shores at this stage.
“Given the Cactus was only introduced to Australia eight weeks ago (in March), limited editions like this aren’t planned this early in the life cycle,” Citroen spokeman Tyson Bowen said.
The Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition is more than just a design collaboration, though there’s evidence of that thanks to the sticker graphics on the wing, white treatment of the side mirrors and roof racks, and plenty of branding homage to Rip Curl.
What the surfer’s car really brings to the table is a toughness that’s missing on the standard Cactus. Aside from protective front and rear skid plates, the Cactus Rip Curl adds Citroen’s Grip Control to the front-wheel drive car. This technology gives the concept-like Cactus traction modes for sand, off-road and snow driving, and the ability to turn off electronic stability control (ESC).
But Citroen has held on to the Cactus’ colourful personality. Inside, it embraces all things orange, from seatbelts to detailing on the speakers and carpet mats, while its exterior body has five different colour offers: Obsidian Black, Arctic Steel, Pearl White, Sport Red and Tapenade Grey.
While the French car won’t be making an appearance in Australia in the next couple of years, Citroen Australia has said the C4 Cactus Rip Curl isn’t off the table completely.