Citroen has released full details and pricing for the hotly anticipated Citroen DS3 Racing, and has announced that customer orders can be placed from 1st September 2010.
Developed by Citroen Racing - the winning team behind five WRC Manufacturer's titles and six Driver's titles for Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena - Citroen DS3 Racing has an impeccable sporting pedigree. The specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine produces 207hp and maximum torque of 275Nm, which means Citroen 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 Citroen DS3 DSport THP 150, Citroen DS3 Racing has been extensively modified, by Citroen Racing, to deliver optimised sporting characteristics and specific equipment from the world of motorsport.
Significantly better specified than many of its competitors, Citroen DS3 Racing is a driver's car that doesn't compromise on comfort or convenient technology - standard equipment includes automatic digital air conditioning, Bluetooth with USB connectivity and an eight-speaker HiFi system. Citroen DS3 Racing also has some new features such as S.ESP (Switchable Electronic Stability Programme) and the Citroen eTouch Assistance System.
Racing Inspired Design
Respecting all of the fundamental design codes of Citroen DS3, Citroen 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.
Citroen 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 Citroen DS3 Racing is clearly denoted by the addition of 'Citroen Racing' on the doors and figure-hugging sports seats, and the DS3 Racing signature on the rear tailgate.
Power & Dynamics
The new Citroen DS3 Racing has everything needed to become the benchmark in its segment in terms of dynamic performance. Thrills and excitement are at the heart of Citroen DS3 Racing and on the road this car's sporting pedigree immediately becomes evident. Citroen DS3 Racing's power and performance come directly from the brand's expertise in rallying. Citroen 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.
Citroen DS3 Racing Pricing & Orders
Citroen 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.
Citroen 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 Citroen's UK website alone.
Customers will be able to place orders from Wednesday 1st September 2010.Published 27 August 2010