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]