The Citroen DS3 Racing will get a new version in the future as the company keeps its DS line, and the original DS3 version, alive. With a series of special edition Citroen DS3 models keeping the market interested, the practice of using exclusive options and new versions will extend from the hot hatch to the larger and more luxury Citroen DS4 and Citroen DS5 models.
In speaking to the WhatACar site, Citroen product planning director Thomas d’Haussy says: “We will be offering exclusive options and probably exclusive models. We have already done this a little with the DS3, including versions with matt finish paint. The policy will be extended to the DS4 and Citroen DS5 review, but perhaps in different ways.”
The process will mostly involve limited edition interiors and new paint jobs, but the Citroen DS3 Racing itself has performed beyond expectations and something new in the near future will be reserved for it. No concrete details are forthcoming, but the racing model has been a much bigger seller than originally planned and a revamped version will attempt to drive that demand even further.
What’s more a hot version of the DS4 is also in the works. While hard to imagine, d’Haussy apparently says: “We have a lot of imagination.” We can also expect to see big plans for the Chinese car market as Citroen takes advantage of its growing presence there.
Autocar tests the Citroen DS3 Racing and concludes that Citroen has managed to get a decent little hot hatch back into its range. With a “charming” engine, hot styling and some good handling, the Ds3 Racing is the kind of hatch model that you’ll buy if you really want some quirky, kick ass design. The interior is just as funky as the exterior, and it’s got that something extra over the standard Citroen DS3 which was already a nifty little car in its own right.
It’s not all perfect though, with some steering and driving precision proving difficult, particularly in the wet conditions of the video, and with the lower ride height being quite unforgiving when you want a more relaxing drive, or you’re on city streets (with all the associated pot holes that come with them). Still, the verdict is a very good hot hatch model, but we’re interested to find it can’t quite compete with its other French rival, the Renault Sport Clio. What’s more, while Citroen runs away with the hot hatch segment in the PSA Group, we can’t help wondering, and wistfully, after Peugeot and it’s past hot hatch models which went well beyond an orange and carbon fibre trim.
The Citroen DS3 Racing model with the orange roof is a bit lairy for out taste, but then if you want to make a statement in the hot hatch segment and not spend a heap of money while doing it, the DS3 Racing model might be for you. Here’s another video of the model as Citroen announces market availability across Europe of the 2,000 vehicles that will be made. At about 29,000 euros you can get the higher-spec version of the Citroen DS3 in black night and orange tones, or Absolut White with grey finish. The racing stickers and coordinated car mats are optional on this model, while the sports seats come standard.
The racing model gets a slightly wider and lower wheelbase, new bumpers, side skirts and carbon fibre finishes compared to the standard model, and is equipped with the 1.6 turbo engine with 202 hp and 275 Nm of torque. It gets to 100 km/hr in 6.5 seconds and has an average fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km, with emissions at about 149 g/km. Other features include 323 mm Brembo disc brakes, a remapped ESP system which can also be deactivated and a ride height lowered by 15mm. See more in the video and pics.
Be still my beating heart! I always kind of liked the Citroen DS3 and this DS3 Racing model, driven by Sebastien Loeb, has got me sold. Cute guy, cute car….although I was up for a car chase that never happened. The DS3 Racing model is the more performance version of the DS3, equipped with a 1.6-litre THP with 202 hp. The DS3 is Citroen’s new WRC model and will be driven by Loeb in the next championship. You can see pics of the DS3 WRC model from our 2010 Paris motor show coverage.
The Citroen DS3 Racing will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed along with a couple of Citroen concept models being taken across to the event. The Citroen GT Concept and the Citroen Survolt Concept will also be on show, with the latter being an electric coupé prototype which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The trio marks Citroen’s sports qualifications on display, although the GT model is not new to the event. In fact, the Citroen GT is an old acquaintance at Goodweed at its return to the Supercar Paddock and the hillclimb should please fans. The DS3 Racing on the other hand, will benefit from more exposure before sales start at the end of this year.
I’m quite taken with the Citroen DS3 Racing, having a soft spot for anything remotely rally-ish, and here is a nice gallery of pics of the DS3 R, along with the details. A limited run of 1000 units of the Citroen DS3 R will be produced and will go on sale in the second half of this year. The DS3 Racing is equipped with the 1.6-litre THP engine with 200 hp and 275 Nm of torque. It’s quite the pocket rocket, in short.
Citroen has also concentrated on making the DS3 R style something special, with larger dimensions and a lowered wheel base. It measures 395 cm long, 174 cm wide and 145 cm tall. The orange and grey colour scheme will be present on all models, as will the carbonfibre finish used on the front bumper, side skirts and rear spoiler.