Citroen reveals DS3 Racing limited-edition ahead of Geneva 2010
For most of the European-based car manufacturers, Geneva Motor Show is the best occasion for their latest developments, and the French marque Citroen proves that statement once again with their all-new Citroen DS3 Racing edition.
The astonishing new DS3 Racing is a sporty-trimmed ride specially created by Citroen Racing and limited to only 1000 units Worldwide. Based on the most potent power unit - 1.6-litre THP 150 – in the 2010 DS3 range, the new limited car boasts increased power output of 200 horsepower and 275 Nm of maximum torque. These upgraded values are possible thanks to a modified powertrain, optimized turbo unit and a skilfully remaped ECU. The engineers at Citroen Racing have also equipped the new athlete with a tail pipe and a muffler.
In addition to the new performance heights, the DS3 Racing has undergone some significant sporting enhancements: modified control system, new stiffer suspension springs, adapted front and rear shock absorbers, 30mm wider front and rear tracks and 15mm lowering. The braking system has also been up-rated to ensure control over the car's additional horsepower. The front wheels get 4-piston racing callipers and special disc-brakes - with drilled discs at the rear. For even greater driving control, the ESP unit has been adapted to complement the sportier handling, but can be disengaged according to the driver's preference.
The limited-edition model is further distinguished by a special youthful livery that features "DS3", "Citroen Racing" and chequered flag graphics. The vehicle's dark grey body shade is beautifully contrasted with a vibrant, bright orange-coloured roof, side mirrors and brake callipers. The front grille surround and the sleek 18-inch alloys are also completed in orange.
Inside, the special ride features smart carbon trim adorns placed on the dashboard, centre console, steering wheel, armrests and door side mouldings. The vibrant orange bodywork and decals continue into the cabin with the glossy strip of the dash, gear stick and gear stick surround finished in the same bright tone. The cabin also houses sporty, figure-hugging seats styled with orange elements and embossed with ‘Citroen Racing'.