The French like their steak rare. And almost as rare as their steak, if you’ll forgive the semantic leap, is Citroën's new convertible hot hatch, the DS3 Cabrio Racing.
Citroën has decided to make just 100 of its latest special-edition soft-tops, and out of that limited supply only 10 of the individually numbered cars will make their way across (or under) the Channel to UK roads. Following in the vein of the 2011 hard-top of the same name, the drop-top, with its iconic 2CV-style retractable canvas roof, is a more focused, faster, harder-driving version of the DS3.
Citroën has increased the power from the (previously) range-topping 155bhp DSport to a far more hot-hatch-like 204bhp. Thanks to more power, as well as 203lb ft of torque and a remapped ECU, the DS3 can now manage the 0-62mph sprint in 6.5sec and go on to a top speed of 146mph.
But Citroën’s DS division hasn’t stopped there, though, as it’s been aided and abetted by its Citroën Racing counterparts, who have been successfully campaigning a highly modified DS3 in the World Rally Championship. So the Cabrio Racing's ride height has been lowered by 15mm, the tracks widened by 30mm front and rear, the suspension and springs upgraded and smart red Citroën Racing brake calipers fitted.