Citroen DS3 R: official details, specs, photos and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

Citroen's DS3R, the racing version of the DS3, will be priced at around €28,300 when it starts selling on September 1 in Europe. This variant is powered by a 1.6-liter THP 150 engine that is able to deliver 200hp and 275 Nm of torque. 

DS3 R, which has a limited run of only 1,000 units to be produced, features a reprogrammed ECU, new turbos and a new exhaust system.

The Citroen DS3 R also features a stiffer suspension, a 30 mm lowered ride height and upgraded brakes, as well as improved aerodynamics. 

Carbonfiber is used on the exterior and is seen on the lower part of the front bumper, wheel arches and side guards. The hot hatch gets a special diffuser accommodating a chromed exhaust tip at the rear.

DS3 R is fitted with a bespoke livery. It has a body that is dressed in dark gray contrasting with the orange grille contour, wheels, door mirrors and roof. The roof also received a Grey-Orange racing flag theme. The car has bespoke decals on the sides and a distinct signature logo can be seen on the back.

The top of the dashboard, the center console, door armrests and the steering wheel all have a carbonfiber finish.

For a contrasting image, Citroen gave the car an orange finish for the dashboard, bottom faceplate of the sifter and its knob. Each vehicle gets a special number plate. New Alcantara-leather sport seats that feature orange stitching will accommodate the front passengers.

Press Release

Citroën DS3 Racing

Developed by Citroën Racing - the winning team behind five WRC Manufacturer's titles and six Driver's titles for Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena - Citroën DS3 Racing has an impeccable sporting pedigree. The specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine produces 207hp and maximum torque of 275Nm, which means Citroën DS3 Racing boasts a top speed of 146mph, a 0-62 mph 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, Citroën DS3 Racing has been extensively modified, by Citroën Racing, to deliver optimised sporting characteristics and specific equipment from the world of motorsport.

Significantly better specified than many of its competitors, Citroën 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. Citroën DS3 Racing also has some new features such as S.ESP (Switchable Electronic Stability Programme) and the Citroën eTouch Assistance System.

RACING INSPIRED DESIGN

Respecting all of the fundamental design codes of DS3, Citroën 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.

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

POWER & DYNAMICS

Citroën's new 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 Citroën DS3 Racing and on the road this car's sporting pedigree immediately becomes evident. Citroën 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.

Citroën DS3 Racing's chassis and running gear have also been adapted and enhanced. The team's engineers have been able to accentuate feedback from the road, with even more precision and control, sportier handling and swifter cornering. 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 Citroën DS3 Racing.

PRICING & ORDERS

Citroën 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.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Dimensions (L x W x H): 3962 x 1717 x 1443 mm
Wheelbase: 2464 mm
Engine: THP 207hp
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine Type: 4 cylinders, 16v petrol + turbo
Capacity: 1598 cm3
Max power: 207 hp (152 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Max torque: 275 Nm @ 2000-4500 rpm
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza 215/40 R 18
Standing 1,000 m: 26.5 s
0-100 km/h: 6.5 s
CO2 Emissions: 149 g/km

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