With all the bluff and bluster about the Citroen DS3 Racing, you could be forgiven for forgetting the Citroen DS3 supermini has anything else for the committed driver.
That model is the DS3 DSport, fitted here with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, very similar to the one you'll find in a Mini Cooper, albeit with a different output: 154bhp at 6000rpm and 177lb ft at 1400rpm. That allows the Citroen to sprint from 0-62mph in 7.3sec and on to a top speed of 133mph.
It drives through a six-speed gearbox, and it's nice that neither engine nor gearbox is traditionally Citroen-like in feel. The 'box is precise and slick, while the engine does its best work at the top end, yet pulls well from the mid-range onwards and makes a willing noise throughout the range.
The thrills of the DSport can also be had with a rather more frugal 1.6-litre HDi diesel. The gains in improved fuel economy, although impressive, come at a cost. It's not a bad performer, with 0-62mph taking 9.7sec, but the petrol motor makes for a far better car.
The ride and handling don't feel like a recent Citroen supermini either and, though Citroen might not thank me for saying it, they're all the better for it. The ride is firmly supple yet well controlled; it's far less soft than a normal C3 but, conversely, because the body doesn't rock and the roll rate is slowed, I'd argue that it's actually a more comfortable experience overall. The seats are more supportive too.