1965→1972 Citroën DS 21

In 1965 Citroën upgraded their DS 19 with a 2175 cc engine with minor updates to the brake and suspension.

In 1968 the DS 21 used covered headlights with optional directional driving lights that swiveled up to 80° to match the steering direction. Furthermore the main lights were suspended to absorb suspension movement. In the US, the design was modified back to an open headlight design.

In 1968 the DS 21 was sold alongside the DS 21 IE which featured a Bosch D-Jetronic electronic injection system that raised overall power to 139 bhp.

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1965 – 1972
built atFrance
engineInline-4
block materialCast Iron
valvetrainOHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement2175 cc / 132.73 in³
bore90 mm / 3.54 in
stroke85.5 mm / 3.37 in
power81.3 kw / 109 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output50.11 bhp per litre
bhp/weight89.71 bhp per tonne
body / frameSteel body with Fibreglass Roof over Steel Frame
driven wheelsFWD
front tires165-400 Michelin
rear tires155-400 Michelin
front brakesDiscs w/Power Assist
rear brakesDiscs w/Power Assist
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionConstant-Height Hydropneumatic
r suspensionConstant-Height Hydropneumatic
curb weight1215 kg / 2679 lbs
transmission4-Speed Homokinetic Transmission
gear ratios3.24:1, 1.94:1, 1.27:1, 0.85:1
top speed~175 kph / 108.67 mph