I can't tell you how great it is to be back in a car that cocks an inside rear wheel.
Since the DS 3 Performance’s ride is firm and the rear in particular is stiff, if I want to mimic a peeing dog, I simply flick the wheel right or left at pace and up goes the back. Hilarious.
It’s useful, too, because if you’re really pressing on, that lifted inside rear makes the back end significantly more agile. But mostly it’s just great, childish fun, and a trait that sets the best driver’s hot hatches apart from the average ones.
I like the suspension set-up in the Performance. Some might say it’s a little too firm for urban driving, but it certainly gives the car focus. The 3 never stops reminding you that it’d rather be out on a B-road. It’s because the damping has a hardened edge to it – the sort that has the body settled back in its default setting fractions of a second after a heavy compression – and because there’s just so much grip. The car’s Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres are the same sort you get on a Porsche 911, and in the dry, I’d say they really make this car.