What do you do when your owning-company enters a competition and is quite successful? Being French the only obvious answer would be: Enter that same competition with a completely different design.
So what, they just took a BX, mounted a big turbo'd engine and added 4wd? Nope, not quite. Just look at it's nose: That's somewhat longer than the normal BX's nose. This was probably because Citroën saw that other Group B-contender Audi with it's Quattro and Audi used a longitudinally mounted engine. So that's what underneath that long nose.
The Group B engine was a 2141 cc engine putting out 380hp. There was no other 2141 in PSA's line-up so was it a Group B dedicated engineered engine? Almost. Citroën took Peugeot's N9TE (which itself was a re-developed Simca engine) used in the 505 Turbo but down-sleeved it to be able to compete in the Group B 3.0-class (1.4 factor for turbocharging). The 200 homologation specials (shown here) just got a tuned N9TE with 200hp.
Off course it still had the hydro-pneumatic suspension as it was... A Citroën. Those were the days. The 20 produced 4TC EVOs (the cars competing in Group B) also had the hydro-pneumatic suspension! The road-going 4TCs were manufactured at the Heuliez company, which also had built the roadgoing 205 T16s.
It wasn't successful. Not in Group B (it only competed in 15 rally's), nor in sales. With such a poor performance on track (best result: 6th in Sweden) and the end of Group B not many customers were interested in it. Citroën only sold 62 road-going 4TCs. But due to, wait for it, reliability-issues made Citroën buy back quite some 4TCs. And the ones bought back were probably salvaged and destroyed.
Same goes for the 20 EVOs. Only 2 were supposed to survive, ending up in both the Citroën and Hommel collection. The remaining 18 should have been destroyed. But 3 more were saved at that time. Nowadays only 4 are left because 1 was violently crashed. The EVO is easily recognized for having a slightly different grille/headlights, here it is on the left next to a normal 4TC in the Citroën collection:
Nowadays it's really sought-after of course with so few survivors. But prices aren't that high, in 2012 a black one (they all came white as far as I know) but without the homologation papers (from the Heuliez collection) was sold for 32k euros. If you want an impression of where they alle ended up chick this site.
The car displayed here is a 1/43 Universal Hobbies. I've got plenty of UBs but they start to annoy when it comes to the quality: this is the third one already whose mirrors snap with just looking at it. I can't blame my daughter for this one.
Nevertheless this one always get's a smile on my face. But that's probably mainly caused by the fact it's such a pigheaded car and project. And that 'normal' BX is getting more and more appealing to me as well. And they can still be had for very, very cheap. And I should really get a 4TC ECO in 1/43, thanks for reminding!
C'est ca. Bon week-end!