Hot Citroen DS3 to be displayed at Geneva
2 March 2010

This is the Citroen DS3 Racing, a hot version of the forthcoming Mini John Cooper Works rival. It has been revealed at today's Geneva motor show.

The car is lower and has higher-performance brakes than the standard car after an extensive makeover from Citroen's Racing department. It will go on sale later this year limited to just 1000 units. and its designer Mark Lloyd has confirmed almost all of its design and decals are feasible for production.

See the Citroen DS3 Racing pics

It is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, which produces 197bhp and 203lb ft. Citroen Racing has achieved these gains by tuning the turbocharger, remapping the ECU and adding a new sports exhaust system.

Citroen Racing has also fitted stiffer suspension springs, new front and rear shock absorbers, widened the rear tracks by 30mm and lowered the car by 15mm. Special brakes have also been fitted, while the ESP and steering have also both been tuned to improve the car's handling.

Styling upgrades include a new lower body trim and wing extensions, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim on the door handles and exhaust tip, and special chequered graphics on the roof.

Inside, it gets carbon trim on the dashboard, centre console and steering wheel, while the vibrant orange theme from the outside features on the dash and gearknob.

Citroen is known to want to leverage its success in the World Rally Championship more effectively, and with its future World rally Car set to be based on the DS3, a hot model is logical. Citroen Racing is currently responsible for providing the cars for Citroen's WRC effort.

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19 February 2010

Without clown's feet, the design looks a bit half-hearted.

19 February 2010

Lairy isn't it. Will probably appeal to the VTR/S crowd that have been a bit ignored by Citroen of late.

19 February 2010

I think it looks very good! I Like the Carbon Fibre & orange combo effect!

19 February 2010

[quote DCW321]

I think it looks very good! I Like the Carbon Fibre & orange combo effect!

[/quote] I guess someone has too............. IMHO, YUCK! and it still wont drive like a MINI

19 February 2010

[quote Vidge 123]I guess someone has too............. IMHO, YUCK![/quote]

Anyone remember the Rover 200 BRM?

19 February 2010

i'm sure france has their equivalent of ' max power '


19 February 2010

I think it looks better than the standard version, just by cutting back the chromework.

Wonder how much it will cost?

19 February 2010

Take away the daft colour scheme and I think it looks alright and at least you'll look different to the MINI crowd. Assuming it'll undercut the MINI by a few thousand.

The MINI is such an impractical car it's no wonder that so many are for sale on Autotrader. I considered one until I realised it's a 2+2 rather than four seater and the boot is just useless. A great car for a single person and that's it. I'll also add that it is the best small car in an accident and I've seen several post-accident Minis.

Citroen seemed to have pulled their finger out of late but their reliability most be fixed to start clawing in new customers.

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

19 February 2010

[quote catnip]Wonder how much it will cost?[/quote] they could price it at £100,000 but when people go to the dealership to buy one they will still knock them down to about 10k! as no one in their right mind would pay more for it!

19 February 2010

Not my thing, really, but it looks OK. Goodness knows, we get enough yellow Seats and orange Fords, this'll cheer things up a bit.

My only problem with it is the bright orange send-you-mental dashboard. Not at all distracting.


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