Citroen DS4 Racing Concept unveiled before the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 24, 2012

Citroën is set to unveil the DS4 Racing -- a new concept for its DS range -- at the Geneva Motor Show. The engineers of Citroën Racing have brought their experience in the WRC into the Citroën DS4, adding their unique contribution to develop the new concept.The DS4 Racing concept utilizes new carbon fiber components such as a front splitter, wheel arch extensions and air diffuser.

The Citroën Racing-developed 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine delivers a maximum of 256bhp (or 160bhp per liter). This is a record figure for a Citroën series production vehicle. In addition, the CO2 emissions level for this concept is only 155g/km.

The engineers of Citroën Racing have adjusted the running gear and chassis with the highest precision. The track widened by 75mm at the back and by 55mm at the front. The chassis has been lowered by 35mm.

The braking system features fixed four-piston calipers at the front and comes with special 380mm-diameter discs. The concept also comes with 235/40 tires and diameter 19-inch wheels.

The DS4 Racing concept boasts of a textured-effect matt grey paint, which further enhance the lines of the automobile when light shines upon it. The color is modern and stylish; thus, it is perfect for a sports vehicle. Other exterior enhancements are the two-tone wheels with a special DS4 Racing design and a two-tone roof.

Citroën DS4 is an example of a truly creative design, boldly blending desirable styling references in order to create an exciting new proposition. In fact, DS4's chief stylist, Marc Pinson, says that “reinterpreting cues” had opened up whole new possibilities that bring practical solutions to automotive mobility.

DS signature on the Citroën’s bonnet is muscular and compact, complemented by an LED signature around the fog lights at the front. The LEDs are lighted both day and night. What’s more, the eye-catching profile features a chrome-finished waistline that surrounds darkly tinted windows. This profile is enhanced by the car’s muscular wheel arches, which, in turn, emphasize large wheels measuring up to 19". The profile is also crowned by a firmly drawn roofline sporting a spoiler for extra vitality. Meanwhile, the rear bumper’s lower section comes in chrome finish and the rear light clusters’ horizontal detailing highlights DS’ innovative boomerang design.

As with Citroën DS4's prestigious exterior, the cabin exudes dynamism, refinement, and power. Its driving position is enveloping, sporting chrome-surround dials that are directly focused towards the eye line of the driver. Moreover, the sculptured dashboard is full of character, using only high-quality materials for superior tactile feel. The car’s cabin is dominated by large panoramic windscreen extending backwards to the roofline. This panoramic glazed area offers an upward vision of up to 45 degrees and combines with the car’s slightly raised stance in order to provide optimized visibility with bright yet airy and intimate cabin environment for the passengers.

You can personalize the car’s interior, too, with your pick among five leather combinations that include two-tone options. The DS4’s range-topping models also sport high-quality leather on their door panels and on their dashboard.

Press Release

Citroen DS4 Racing Concept

Citroën has sold more than 180,000 DS line models worldwide since launch. The adventure continues at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with the reveal of the Citroën DS4 Racing Concept. As with the DS3 Racing, the engineers at Citroën Racing and the styling team have firmly stamped the DS4 with the image of the Brand's racing department.

Making its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Citroën DS4 Racing Concept features "100% Racing" attributes. The chassis is 35 mm lower than the regular model and track is 55 mm wider at the front and 75 mm wider at the back. The concept car also sports an air diffuser, a front bumper panel, a lower-body belt line and wing extensions. Citroën Racing has tweaked the 1.6-litre turbo engine to develop 256 bhp, or 160 bhp per litre - a record for a series-production car. This spectacular performance comes hand in hand with controlled CO2 emissions of 155 g/km.

Citroën Racing engineers have also redeveloped the running gear with the utmost precision. The concept car is equipped with four-pot, fixed calliper brakes at the front, with special discs widened to 380 mm in diameter, and shod with larger, 19-inch wheels (235/40).

Another stand-out feature of the Citroën DS4 Racing Concept is its matte grey, textured-effect paint - a first in the automotive sector. The grain of the paint catches the light differently and further enhances the body styling, while the colour is sober, modern and robust and ideally suited to a sports car. To refine the exterior aesthetic, the concept car gets a two-tone roof and specially-designed, twotone wheel rims.

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