Citroen C-Metisse Diesel Hybrid Sports Car: Fast and Furiously Responsible

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Our hybrid fetish lives on, especially for the Citroen C-Metisse Diesel Hybrid Sports Car that'll be rolled out at this year's International Motor Show in Paris. This four-door rocket is powered by a 205hp diesel V-6 engine and two electric motors, one on each rear wheel. That combo delivers pretty good numbers, too: 0-to-62 mph in 6.2 seconds at a top speed of 155mph, all the while sipping the fuel at just 42 miles per gallon.

While we probably won't be seeing a car like this on these shores or anywhere else anytime soon—yeah, it's a concept car—these design exercises will likely bear fruit somewhere, somehow. Plus, we're really digging those four gull-wing doors, inviting a quartet of lucky riders to jump in and hit the triple miles-per-hour digits. Someday. But for today, check out more pics after the jump.

Citroen C-Metisse Diesel Hybrid Sports Car [treehugger]

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Gawd, that's a purdy car!

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DISCUSSION

Responsible? A diesel hybrid that gets 42 MPG and burns biodiesel would still produce more (probably much more) than 10 times the particulate emissions that you'd get from a 10 MPG gasoline-powered SUV. Diesels get good mileage, which is nice from a global warming point of view, but they make lots of smog and kill people with their particualte emissions. Thanks, but I'm happy with them not being common here.