Citroen DS3 Racing launched in Europe

Citroen DS3 Racing launched in Europe

Citroen has launched the Citroen DS3 Racing, the limited edition version of the DS3 – Citroen’s new premium small car which arrives in New Zealand in September.

The Citroen DS3 Racing is styled to match the image of the Citroen Racing Team which is currently dominating the World Rally Championship and has enabled Citroen to take five WRC constructors’ rally world titles and six driver and co-driver titles for Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena.

Based on the Citroen DS3’s top trim and equipment level, the Racing version is suitably sports-focused and boasts features such as the integration of carbon elements and specific equipment from competitive motor racing. Developed by Citroen Racing, its 1.6 litre engine develops 149 kW and enables it to reach 100 kmh in 6.5 seconds from a standing start. Its chassis and suspension have also been developed to offer precision handling and road holding.

The Racing-inspired design includes features such as a front air diffuser, a chrome twin-pipe exhaust and the carbon fibre work on much of its bodywork elements including the air diffuser, semi-rigid spoiler for the front bumper, lower skirting, spoilers and grille. The Citroen DS3 Racing is fitted with large 18 inch wheels with a new design and is available in two colors, Onyx black with orange trim or Banquise White with grey trim. Its sporting character is finished off with some custom decals.

The passenger compartment from the Citroen DS3 has received the same specific treatment as the exterior. The same external colour schemes and carbon designs can be found on numerous interior parts, such as the central front piece of the dashboard, the steering wheel trim or the handset cover supports.

The Citroen DS3 Racing’s exclusivity is proudly displayed with Citroen Racing signature on the backs of the front seats and on an identification plate located on the wheel trim.

While it’s an interesting machine it’s also unlikely we will see the Citroen DS3 Racing down here in NZ. With only 1000 examples to be built, a mere 200 of them will be built in right-hand-drive and all are earmarked for the UK.

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