CITROEN DS3 RACING TO COST (SPLUTTER!) £23K
Limited edition hot hatch gets 207hp and lots of luxury goodies
Based on the top-of-the-range DS3 DSport THP 150, the DS3 Racing has been extensively modified by Citroen's Racing department but is no stripped-to-the-bone street-fighter. Instead, Citroen says it is significantly better specified than many of its competitors - standard equipment includes automatic digital air conditioning, Bluetooth with USB connectivity and an eight-speaker HiFi system.
The DS3 Racing is available with either an Obsidian Black (pearlescent) body and Sport Orange roof, or a Polar White body with a Carbon Grey roof. The orange or grey roof colours are matched to the alloy wheels, door mirrors, chevrons, grille surround, tailgate spoiler and dashboard fascia.
Engineers have increased the power output of the 1.6-litre THP engine from 156hp to 207hp, and maximum torque is also increased, from 177lb ft to 203lb ft. As a result, the car boasts a top speed of 146mph, and a 0-62mph time of 6.5secs.
With a price of £23,100 (including 20% VAT rate as first deliveries are expected in 2011) perhaps it's not a surprise that Citroen expects only to sell 200 RHD cars in the UK.