Citroen DS 5LS R Concept debuts with 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine and 300 bhp

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 9, 2014

For the 2014 Beijing Motor Show (also known as Auto China 2014), Citroen prepared a new DS concept car. Dubbed Citroen DS 5LS R Concept, this is a new version of the DS 5LS and combines the top-level performance with luxury styling. According to the official press release, the DS 5LS R follows on from the DS3 Cabrio Racing and DS4 Racing concepts and promises to push the French brand to a new level in terms of performance.

Why? Because the concept car is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine that generates an impressive 300 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Comparing it with the standard version, the DS 5LS R Concept comes with a chassis that has been lowered by 15 mm, features wider front tracks and a sequential gearbox equipped with paddles located behind the steering wheel.

Moreover, the concept car also received new brakes and suspension. Looking at the car, we can see the anodised Carmine Red paint with a matt metallic finish, complemented by matt carbon grey stripes found on the front wheels. ‘R’ logos are found on the bonnet, on the sides and at the rear end.

The ‘DS Wings’ grille comes with a carbon grey dark chrome finish. The exterior design is completed by the 20-inch wheels that are sculpturally designed and carbon-coloured to match the polished aluminium on the exterior and the touches of Carmine Red.

The sporty theme is continued at the interior, where the cabin is fully lined with leather and Alcantara. Same materials are found on the dashboard and steering wheel. As you can see from the photos, the interior features a three-fabric version of the DS ‘watchstrap’ upholstery – aniline full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara.

The dashboard, upper door panels, seats and central armrest are all finished with pearl top-stitching in Carmine Red. Resembling the exterior are the instruments on the central console and the steering wheel, which feature Carmine Red detailing and the ‘R’ signature. Carbon fiber inserts are found on the steering wheel, door panels and door handles, together with Carmine Red touches for the air vents. [source: Citroen]

Press Release

Citroen DS 5LS R Concept

A new DS concept car will be presented at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. Citroën DS 5LS R is an all-new and unique version of the DS 5LS, which combines top-level performance with luxury styling.

Recently launched in China, DS 5LS is a bold, striking addition to the Chinese market, standing out from the crowd with its distinctive styling, including the sculptural and prestigious 'DS Wings' grille, which characterises new DS models. The DS 5LS R concept car emphasises the dynamic character of the production version, highlighting the model's athletic lines.

The unveiling of Citroën DS 5LS R follows on from the DS3 Cabrio Racing and DS4 Racing concepts, as Citroën continues to push boundaries in performance, design and innovation.

HIGH PERFORMANCE

A nod to Citroën's World Rally Championship pedigree, DS 5LS R boasts a high performance powertrain, underpinned by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine that develops 300bhp and torque of 400 Nm. The chassis has been lowered by 15mm, compared to the production version and the concept has wider front tracks and a sequential gearbox, controlled by paddles behind the steering wheel.

High-precision development has been applied to the chassis, brakes and suspension, while the focus on performance is visually underscored by the extensive use of real carbon fibre components.

SPORTING DESIGN

Citroën DS 5LS R remains faithful to the DS spirit of innovation and luxury, making a bold first impression. The sports styling is complemented by an anodised Carmine Red paint with a matt metallic finish. The concept confirms its 'R' status with wide side stripes in matt carbon grey on the front doors. The 'R' signature features extensively around the exterior of the concept - on the bonnet, at the rear and on the sides of the car.

Further carbon fibre components include the side signature trim, which extends across the top of the side windows to the boot, cutting through the rear quarter panel with a subtly drawn shark fin. The 'DS Wings' grille is finished in carbon grey dark chrome and the sporty 20-inch wheels are sculpturally designed and carbon-coloured to match the polished aluminium on the exterior and the touches of Carmine Red.

LUXURY CABIN

Inside, Citroën DS 5LS R is all about luxury, with a wide range of exceptional materials in evidence. The cabin is fully lined with leather and Alcantara®, including the dashboard and steering wheel. The DS identity is reinforced throughout, with a three-fabric version of the DS 'watchstrap' upholstery - aniline full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara®. The seats, dashboard, upper door panels and central armrest are finished with pearl top-stitching in Carmine Red.

The performance elements continue inside, with instruments on the central console and the steering wheel featuring Carmine Red detailing and the 'R' signature. There are also real carbon fibre inserts on the steering wheel, door panels and door handles, together with Carmine Red touches for the air vents.

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