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.