First pictures of 200bhp+ rally-derived road car
9 February 2010

These leaked pictures are believed to show the Citroen DS3 Racing, a hot version of the forthcoming Mini rival.

Reports suggest the car is 15mm lower than standard and has uprated brakes, a six-speed gearbox and a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine with around 200bhp. There are conflicting reports on whether the car has a limited-slip differential. The 0-62mph dash is said to take 6.8sec.

See the leaked Citroen DS3 Racing pics

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.

It's not yet clear if the DS3-R will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show, or be launched at a later date alongside the 2011 WRC car.

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9 February 2010

That,s a cracking looking car, nice one

9 February 2010

Will it be cheaper than a mini copper s i wonder.

9 February 2010

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That,s a cracking looking car, nice one

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9 February 2010

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[quote pabs]

That,s a cracking looking car, nice one

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I had said that I wasn't sure about the DS3, it looking a bit fussy to me but I saw one on the M40 yesterday and even though it was white with light blue roof and wheels there was no disguising how good it looked.

9 February 2010

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This has been on a French forum a few weeks ago IIRC

Hold my order for a 150 THP - in fact one "enterprising" dealer has on on Autotrader already for 18K...

Much better capitalisation of Citroen's WRC involvement than the luke warm C4 Loebs

9 February 2010

Every model has to have an "R" type performance version, it was kind of expected, don't you think?

Peter Cavellini.

9 February 2010

@ beachland2 - I hear they're putting BMW's 2-litre diesel into the MINI, even the twin-turbo from the 123d... and spies at JCW say they're working on a 240bhp John Cooper Works version of the 2-litre diesel MINI... so, it'll be torquier, faster and more economical than any existing hot MINI. Ban Diesel, eh? =P

9 February 2010

Quite agree, Citroen have on their hands the most successful WRC driver, and have done nothing about it. Instead selling 'luke warm' hatches, whilst Ford are famous for their RS brand - while not having a WRChampion since 1981.

In fact Citroen UK weren't keen on using Motorsport as part as their marketing campaign, go figure!!

Let's hope it's a proper Hot Hatch.

9 February 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]@ beachland2 - I hear they're putting BMW's 2-litre diesel into the MINI, even the twin-turbo from the 123d... and spies at JCW say they're working on a 240bhp John Cooper Works version of the 2-litre diesel MINI... so, it'll be torquier, faster and more economical than any existing hot MINI.[/quote]

I doubt it.

JCW petrol mini will always be quicker, unless they can make the 2.0tdi lighter than a 1.6t. which is probably impossible.

9 February 2010

Agreed with, The only seb loeb insipred car-i can remember- is that stupid c4 loeb edition, which only had a crap bodykit and leather seats!

Ford on the other hand made some stunning hot hatches.

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