Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept will debut at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on July 10, 2013

Citroen unveiled the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept ahead of 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Britain’s emblematic motor sports meeting. According to the official press release, the new concept car promises to combine the best of the Citroën DS3 Racing with all the sophistication of the DS3 Cabrio.

Weighing just 25 kg more than the hatchback, the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept features a mat textured grey paintwork, gloss black 19-inch wheels, Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors.

Moreover, the concept car features the DS pattern on the black canvas roof with its high-tech carbon-fibre look and engraved on the door mirror housings, while the Carmin color is found on the brake callipers, wheel hubs, doors with the wide side strips, and parts of the lettering and badge.

Under the hood, there is a 1.6-liter engine developing 202 bhp. Inside, the Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing comes with bucket seats featuring a new take on the DS watch strap design in three types of fabric (Napa full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara), special DS pearl top-stitching, featured in Carmin for the first time on the seats, dashboard and gearshift.

Carmin is also found on the seat housings and dashboard. Citroen will also bring the new concept car at the The car will be on show at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The open-top version of the Citroen DS3 still has the same personality, same compact yet dynamic proportions as well as styling options. As part of the DS line, the new DS3 offers a wide array of personalization options.

For instance, the new DS3 Cabrio could be finished in any of the seven body colors and any of the three color-coordinated roof designs – for a total of 14 styling combos. Customers could choose from nine different alloy wheels in two sizes (16 inches or 17 inches).

Citroen has also given the new DS3 Cabrio with extensive chrome detailing, including on the top of the boot lid and on the side rubbing strips. These chrome detailing are complemented by dark tinted rear windows.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the new DS3 Cabrio comes with a 3D light signature employing LED units, taking inspiration from the design cues of Citroën's concept cars, namely the Revolte and Survolt.

The center portion of the rear lamp is made of a rectangular set of 31 LED units, which are composed of lights reflected by semi-reflecting mirrors into 'infinity'. On the other hand, the upper portion of the lamp is comprised of a blade of 15 LED units, serving to highlight the 3D unit while acting both as side and brake lights.

Of course, the new DS3 is provided with DS logo, as finished in chrome and in an embossed black DS setting.

Press Release

Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept

Citroen has chosen the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the annual meeting of historic racing cars, to reveal the Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept, a nod at Citroen's involvement in the WRC. The concept car will also make an appearance at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new concept car combines the best of the Citroen DS3 Racing with all the sophistication of the DS3 Cabrio.

This is a choice that makes sense since the Citroen DS3 Cabrio is not only easy to customise, it also features optimised architecture (weighing in at just 25 kg more than the hatchback), for an exceptionally lively and agile performance, as demonstrated by Sébastien Loeb himself at Col du Corbier in the French Alps.

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept makes a spectacular first impression, with its extreme customisation and sporting appeal. Moondark mat textured grey paintwork is allied with gloss black 19" wheels, and Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors.

The concept is DS through and through, with bold identity statements such as the DS pattern — featured in gloss weave on the black canvas roof with its high-tech carbon-fibre look and engraved on the door mirror housings — and the Carmin coloured brake callipers, wheel hubs, doors with the wide side strips, and parts of the lettering and badge.

Citroen Racing know-how also takes centre stage, with special running gear, brakes and carbon kit. And the car maintains the performance of the Racing version, with a 1.6 litre engine developing 202 bhp.

On board, the Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept combines performance and elegance with bucket seats featuring a new take on the DS watch strap design in three types of fabric (Napa full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara) interpretation of DS watchstrap upholstery on the bucket seats, and special DS pearl top-stitching, featured in Carmin for the first time on the seats, dashboard and gearshift. Carmin also appears on the seat housings and dashboard, echoing the door side strips.

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing concept car mindset extends through a line of lifestyle products including a child seat in three-material watchstrap-design leather upholstery, coordinated with the other seats, and helmets in the car body colours.

Citroen's new concept car is an expression of custom-built excellence, radical choices and sophistication in every detail. A convertible DS3 with the performance and sporting looks of a car tuned by Citroen Racing.

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