Following on from Fiat’s special edition 500 150th edition, Citroen bring us the DS3 Racing, another special edition to get your heart pumping. As far as limited editions go, the Citroen DS3 Racing is particularly limited, with only 1000 units being produced and of that only 10 will be available in South Africa.
The DS3 Racing is based on the top of the range DS3 Sport THP 150 and has been modified and developed by the Citroen Racing Team. The sporty engine is a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder THP (high pressure turbo) petrol. It develops 152 kW (207 hp) which is almost 30% more than the standard unit. This allows it to complete 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 235km/h.
Also on the list of changes; the powertrain’s components have been modified and optimized, the turbo has been tuned for performance and the engine control unit has been re-mapped. Also a special tail-pipe and muffler have been added. The steering has been made more precise, the suspension has been stiffened, front and rear shock-absorbers have been fitted to deal with the increased power and the front and rear tracks have been widened. Lastly, the DS3 Racing has been lowered by 15mm, something of a prerequisite when it comes to sporty cars.
Looks-wise, the car has a sporty carbon finish along with chrome door handles and exhaust pipe. The body trim has also been lowered and now sits on large 18 inch alloy wheels. The interior continues the same theme, with carbon trim on the dashboard, centre console, steering wheel embellisher, armrests and door side mouldings. The sport seats contain orange elements and are embossed with “Citroen Racing”.
The limited Citroen Racing Edition is going for R399 900.