Citroën DS3 Racing Priced, It Ain’t Cheap

by | Aug 25, 2010 | Uncategorised | 0 comments

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last March, the Citroën DS3 Racing was an unexpected announcement from the French firm who seemed to have abandoned the hot hatch market.

Citroen DS3 Racing

Citroen DS3 Racing

Now they’ve officially revealed the price and specification of the DS3 Racing. Limited to just 1,000 units with only 200 right-hand drive examples coming to the UK, the DS3 Racing will cost £23,100. That’s big money for a small hatchback, even if you consider that the price includes VAT at the higher rate of 20%.

Engine 1.6 Turbo
Power 207 bhp
Torque 203 lb/ft
0-62mph 6.5 secs
Max Speed 146 mph
Starting life as a DS3 DSport, the 1.6-litre turbo is tuned up to 207bhp and 203lb/ft of torque. That’s makes the DS3 Racing good for 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 146mph.

Chassis tweaks include new dampers and modified suspension settings, while the ride height is 15mm lower and the track is widened by 30mm front and rear. Brakes are upgraded to 4-piston callipers with bigger discs, and a set of wider 18-inch alloys help to improve grip.

As far as looks are concerned the DS3 Racing remains similar to the orange and black concept car. The graphics are gone but the Sport Orange roof remains to contrast with the Obsidian Black pearlescent paint. If you’re not keen on that combination there is one other choice – Polar White with a Carbon Black roof. For both paint schemes the roof colour is carried through to the alloy wheels, door mirrors, front grille, rear spoiler and the dashboard trim.

I’m sure the Citroën DS3 Racing is going to be a great hot hatch and second-hand values will remain reasonable strong thanks to the exclusivity, but is it really worth £7k more than a Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup?

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