Citroen's answer to the Mini John Cooper Works revealed at Paris
30 September 2010

Citroen has unveiled its new DS3 Racing at the Paris motor show.

Official production details for the DS3 Racing show that it will have 204bhp and 203lb ft of torque; that’s enough for a 6.5sec 0-62mph time and a top speed of 146mph. Citroen claims the car can crack the standing kilometre in 26.5sec.

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Official production details for the DS3 Racing show that it will have 204bhp and 203lb ft of torque; that’s enough for a 6.5sec 0-62mph time and a top speed of 146mph. Citroen claims the car can crack the standing kilometre in 26.5sec.

The car costs £23,100 - although that figure does include VAT at 20 per cent, because deliveries will not start until early 2011. However, even with the VAT increase taken into account, Renaultsport’s Clio will still be only around £18,250. And the DS3 Racing will also cost around £1000 more than a Mini John Cooper Works.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Citroen DS3 Racing

But Citroen says it has had more than 1500 enquires about the DS3 Racing through its website alone, and that just 200 right-hand-drive examples will come to the UK. So the motorsport-related model is still likely to sell out.

The production DS3 Racing has been toned down only slightly from the concept that first appeared at the Geneva show earlier this year. It’s available in either black with an orange roof or white with a carbon grey roof. The roof colours are also matched to the 18in alloy wheels, door mirrors, chevrons, grille surround, tailgate spoiler and, on black cars, the dashboard fascia.

The DS3’s chassis has been tweaked by Citroen Racing for the hottest variant; it has fitted new dampers, widened the front and rear tracks by 30mm, lowered the ride height by 15mm and upgraded the brakes with four-pot callipers and revised discs at the front.

Standard kit includes air conditioning, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker hi-fi and a switchable ESP stability 
control system.

The DS3 Racing is designed to capitalise on Citroen’s world rally championship campaign. Next year the team will switch from its C4 model to a DS3 WRC.

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23 August 2010

I like the look of this. Just the fact that it has dropped most of its chrome instantly improves the look over the standard models.

Maybe its just in my area, but I've still yet to see many DS3s on the road. I've read in the press that they're selling like mad, yet my local dealer has had the same row of brand new models on its forecourt for a couple of months now. Perhaps the 'halo effect' of this model will change that.

23 August 2010

Well, even it it is going to cost £1000 more than a Mini, it's still a LOT more car for the money - in terms of space, equipment, uniqueness! The Conservatives' 20% VAT thingy is going to batter everything, so it's all gonna get more expensive, more's the pity. I've seen quite a few DS3s (I actually saw more whilst holidaying in the west country) but I think that just keeps them at the right level of subtlety and uniqueness - Minis may be great, but they're everywhere, and something comes a bit less special when it's suddenly everywhere. Looking forward to what Autocar's verdict will be on this production version.

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23 August 2010

Bet it depreciates like a stone compared to the equivalent MINI Cooper...

23 August 2010

[quote TStag]Bet it depreciates like a stone compared to the equivalent MINI Cooper...[/quote]

Depends if you spec the Cooper up to the same level to start with. I have no idea what the spec of each car will be, but the Mini will on average get thousands spent on options. I wouldnt be suprised if the Citroen doesnt have any options at all.

23 August 2010

Do not buy this car if you arre looking at get this car do not because you have got lot better cars in the hot hatch back market coming out in the next few months I.E the new Audi S1 now that maybe not a quick as the DS3 racing but it will be better buildet or you could wait till next summer when you will have the new fiesta ST with probley 190-220 BHP now that will quick and if you do this could save the money so you can spend it on the fuel and the option list.

23 August 2010

[quote Coolracer]Do not buy this car if you arre looking at get this car do not because you have got lot better cars in the hot hatch back market coming out in the next few months I.E the new Audi S1 now that maybe not a quick as the DS3 racing but it will be better buildet or you could wait till next summer when you will have the new fiesta ST with probley 190-220 BHP now that will quick and if you do this could save the money so you can spend it on the fuel and the option list[/quote]

Have you driven it to know if its worth buying or not? Why wait for an Audi S1 when both cars are not exact competition?

Sure, the Citroen might not be as well made as the S1, but it looks a million times better and will be unique. Some people want that in a car! And maybe the Fiesta ST (if they ever make it...) will be faster, but again, not everyone goes trackday racing either...

23 August 2010

Yes it is too expensive, but a limited number of cars available is an obvious attempt to keep resale values high. Good to see little chrome.

23 August 2010

[quote Coolracer]the new Audi S1 now that maybe not a quick as the DS3 racing but it will be better built [/quote]

Well, dodgy build quality never hurt the sales of the Peugeot 205 GTi.....

Sometimes you want a hot hatch to do what it says on the tin, not for what you'll get for it when you come to sell it.

Assuming this thing can tick all the boxes in that department, I can't see why it won't sell well. That orange dash doesn't hurt either!

23 August 2010

23K for a orange Citroen got to be off my head to pay that !, if I want something different and fast why not just get a bright orange\yellow\green Seat Leon Cupra\FR costs less, more space, and looks a lot nicer then this mini wannabe

23 August 2010

Not the same market though, this is aimed directly at the JCW and it's associated market.

I'd love one but I couldn't and wouldn't pay that much for it. Wonder if it'd bring back AX Gti memories

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