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It’s not very macho to admit, but some are into sporty looks as much as (or more than) actual performance. Citroen, like most manufacturers, understands this very well, and this new Citroen C1 Furio’s purpose is “offering young drivers an affordable, sporty looking car” without them having to opt for a bigger engine/more power.

To go on sale in the UK from August, the Furio variant of the tiny city car “builds on Citroen’s sporting credentials” and is mentioned in the same breath as the 1990s Saxo Furio and cars like the AX Sport and C2 by Loeb.

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Available as a three-door hatchback, the C1 Furio can be had as a VTi 68 manual and PureTech 82 manual. Based on the existing ‘Feel’ trim level, the Furio adds on black 15-inch ‘Planet’ alloys, exterior graphics plus red door mirrors and wheel centre caps to provide contrast to the Lipizzan White or Carlinite Grey metallic colour options. A rear diffuser and centred exhaust outlet complete the funky exterior.

Inside, the C1 Furio gets ‘Wave’ grey cloth upholstery and a rev counter. This cute little thing goes is priced from £10,855 (RM58,117) on the road in the UK. Does it nail the baby AMG look?