23 August 2010
Citroen DS3

Citroen DS3

Citroen DS3 Racing available from 2011

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23 August 2010 | Citro├źn has released full details and pricing for the DS3 Racing, and has announced that customer orders can be placed from 1st September, 2010. The specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine produces 207hp and maximum torque of 275Nm, which means DS3 Racing boasts a top speed of 146mph, a 0-62mph time of just 6.5 seconds and takes just 26.5 seconds to cover 1,000m from a standing start.

Based on the top-of-the-range DS3 DSport THP 150, DS3 Racing has been extensively modified, by Citroën Racing, to deliver optimised sporting characteristics and specific equipment from the world of motorsport.

Citroen DS3

Standard equipment includes automatic digital air conditioning, Bluetooth with USB connectivity and an eight-speaker HiFi system. DS3 Racing also has some new features such as S.ESP (Switchable Electronic Stability Programme) and the Citroën eTouch Assistance System.

Respecting all of the fundamental design codes of DS3, DS3 Racing adds many more motorsport inspired features, including carbon fibre components such as the rear diffuser, front bumper, side rubbing strips and wheel arch extensions. The interior has received the same special treatment and the extensive use of carbon fibre continues on the centre console, steering wheel and door inserts.

DS3 Racing is available in two distinctive colour schemes, one with an Obsidian Black (pearlescent) body and a Sport Orange roof the other features a Polar White body with a Carbon Grey roof. The orange or grey roof colours are matched to the alloy wheels, door mirrors, chevrons, grille surround, tailgate spoiler and dashboard fascia*.

The exclusive nature of DS3 Racing is clearly denoted by the addition of 'Citroën Racing' on the doors and figure-hugging sports seats, and the DS3 Racing signature on the rear tailgate.

DS3 Racing's power and performance come directly from the brand's expertise in rallying. Citroën Racing's engineers have increased the power output of the 1.6-litre THP engine from 156hp to 207hp. Maximum torque is also increased, from 240Nm to 275Nm - an increase of nearly 15% - and is available over a wide rpm range to improve acceleration and engine flexibility.

DS3 Racing's chassis and running gear have also been adapted and enhanced. The suspension settings have been modified, specific dampers have been fitted, front and rear tracks have been widened by 30mm and the ride height has been lowered by 15 mm. The braking system has also been up-rated, with 4-piston callipers and special brake discs at the front.  All of these changes combine to profoundly enhance the on-road behaviour of DS3 Racing.

DS3 Racing is priced at £23,100 MRRP OTR, including VAT set at the new 20% rate as first deliveries are expected to commence early in 2011. Citroën have confirmed that 200 RHD cars will come to the UK and strong demand is already evident with more than 1,500 enquiries made through Citroën's UK website alone.

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