Citroen takes the wraps off its hottest open-top supermini yet, the DS3 Racing Cabrio

The 199bhp Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing has made its world debut this morning at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Weighing only 25kg more than the DS3 Racing hatchback, the car has been jointly developed with the Citroën World Rally Championship team. Citroën says that thanks to its low weight, and new running gear and brakes, the DS3 Racing Cabrio has 'lively and agile' handling.

The black 19-inch alloy wheels enhance the DS3 Racing Cabrio's sporty look, with bespoke Moondark matte grey paint and black chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and mirrors marking it out from the Racing hatchback. There's plenty of DS stitching on show, too, and the logo is also engraved on each of the door mirror housings.

Brake calipers, wheel hubs and parts of the badging are also coloured in a bright Carmin red.

Inside the DS3 Racing Cabrio gets bucket seats, available in three types of fabric, plus plenty of DS-embossed leather. Red Carmin stitching is present on the seats, dashboard and gear lever.

Keen to make the DS3 Racing Cabrio appear practical to customers, Citroën has also included a bespoke child seat and matching rally helmets as options.

Pricing and sale dates have not yet been announced.

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10 July 2013

Looks neat, prefer this colour scheme to the brash Frey/orange. i do think both models should becme permanent fixtures though.

whatever became of the DS4 Racing?

10 July 2013

Have they saved weight by only putting on the primer coat? Sorry, but for me, it looks awful.

10 July 2013

I see they have removed the Citroen name from the boot lid, so apart from the chevrons integrated into the grille (for now) there's no Citroen badging at all.

10 July 2013

That child seat looks so good the kid will never want to grow out of it.

Sort of surprised Citroen havent put a little more power into this though (although i am sure it still quick enough). Didnt the last one have 207 BHP for the hard top DS3 racing? And they now have the 267BHP version fitted to the RCZR available too.

I am sure it will sell, but i hope you dont have to have matt paint.

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