The DS3-R will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.6 Liter four cylinder tuned to deliver a total of 200 HP and is mated to a six speed gearbox that will allow the R spec car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 7 seconds. Compared to the standard DS3, the R version will be equipped with better brakes so that driver’s can dive deeper into corners, a performance tuned suspension for better handling and an all important limited slip differential to ensure that power is distributed evenly across the drive wheels while waking up the hot hatch’s demeanor.
.Hottest ever hatch from Citroen gets set to blast off with 200bhp engine.
The hot-hatch will be highly exclusive too. With only 1,000 units scheduled to be sold when it hits showrooms later this year.
But if you do manage to get your hands on one, you won’t have much problem standing out from the crowd.
Sharing the same bold styling blueprint as the standard car, the DS3 Racing comes with a dark grey body contrasted with vibrant, bright orange-coloured roof, side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, brake callipers and front grille surround with integrated orange chrome chevrons.
The Racing also gets a sporty carbon finish around the front bumper, wheel surrounds and side skirt.
Under the bonnet there’s a more powerful version of the firms turbo-charged 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine, with the Racing spec unit capable of producing 196bhp, compared to the current DSport range-topper, which delivers 147bhp.
This means the fastest DS3 in the line-up will take only 6.9 seconds to go from 0-62mph and will be capable of a top speed of 140mph. This amount of power sits the Racing between MINI’s Cooper S and JCW, both of which use a version of the same engine, and on a level with rivals like
the Renaultsport Clio 200.
And it’s not just straight-line speed that has been fine-tuned. As well as a 30 per cent increase in power from the same sized engine, the DS3 Racing gets adapted suspension, with both front and rear tracks gaining 30mm in width and the ride height has been lowered by 15mm too.
The main difference between a standard DS3 and the Yves Saint Laurent Special Edition is the new red exterior color combined with the black roof with the Yves Saint Laurent logo.