Gabatron GX: the last Golden Era Gabatron (Part I & II)
Designed on the late 60s-early 70s (before Jipot-Falgot absorbed the brand), is considered by many enthusiasts of the brand, as the last Gabatron of the golden age of the brand (1934-1975).
His mission was to replace the successful (but already aged) Gabatron DV.
If the DV was already an advanced car, the GX was even more: it improved the aerodynamic coefficient (Gabatron already had experience with the wind tunnel, used in the DV for example), the hydropneumatic technology (apart from the existing one in the DV). , the self-centering steering was added, coming from the GM model), and other gadgets, like electric windows in the 4 doors, and central locking doors. And, for the II-Series, code-starting (without starting with the key) was available in the Palais trim.
The car, of course, it was FWD, but now, mounted in a transversal position.
The model was available with 4-speed and 5-speed manual, semi-automatic 4, and 4-speed automatic. As well as in carburettor and injection gasoline engines, turbo or naturally aspirated, and diesel. All 4-cylinder engines.
- 2000 (1975-1981)
- 2000i (1982-1988)
- 2300i Palais (1975-1988)
- 2300 TD (1975-1985)
- 2300 GTi Turbo I (1978-1981)
- 2300 GTi Turbo II (1982-1988)
During the late 70s, Gabatron tried to do in secret, a heavy facelift, but Jipot discovered that, and dismissed the technicians in charge of said project.
It was planned, among other changes, to add V6 engines, as it was one of the most frequent complaints among customers, the lack of more powerful versions.
This was solved with the GTi Turbo I versions (135hp, not-intercooled), and with the Turbo II (150hp, intercooled, and now, with E-MPFI)…
Production ceased in 1988, with 1.5M units sold. It was replaced by the Gabatron XN.