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Gabatron - That's not a cloud, that's a Gabatron!


Created in 1919 by Gustave Gabatron, The brand has been a pioneer in the creation of customer service protocols, in front-wheel drive, hydropneumatic suspension, etc.

During that 99 years, the brand has gone through several streaks, as well as by various owners. The last one, Montes Cars.

Key models:

  • Gabatron Entraînement Avant.

  • Gabatron DV (“Diva”).

  • Gabatron TPV.

  • Gabatron GX.

  • Gabatron BS.

  • Gabatron XN.

  • Gabatron Xenia.

  • Gabatron G5.


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.


Gabatron VESTEH: The zenith of hydroactive technology

The VESTEH (acronym of Véhicule d’ESsai des TEchnologies Hydroactives), It was a prototype presented by Gabatron in the Paris Auto Show of 1990, as a vehicle in which to show the technical capacity of the brand in hydropneumatic matter.

Apart from adding the hydroactive technology of the XN (hydropneumatic, combined with sensors and electronic actuators), added direction to the 4 wheels, controlled each one individually, by a steering wheel, without physical connection (driven by the hydraulic system), and traction at 4 wheels, with viscous differentials.

And the stabilizer bars were active. In straight, they are uncoupled, to offer maximum comfort. And in curve, depending on various parameters, it was blocked progressively. It solved one of the main problems of the hydro-pneumatic suspension: the excessive rolling of the body, now becoming practically null.

The propeller group consists of a naturally aspirated v6 with 205hp, 24v and 3l, combined with a 5-speed automatic, managed by the same radar, responsible for adjusting the suspension in advance.

It was not produced in series, but in the Xenia, the technology of the active stabilizing bars was used.


Given that intercoolers have become mandatory in UE4, how do you simulate a turbocharged engine without an intercooler?


I recreated that engine on Kee.