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.
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.