Citroen DS3 Racing review | evo

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Citroen’s new hot hatch driven for the time. Can the DS3 Racing rival the Clio 200?

What is it?

DS3 Racing is the … version of the DS3 THP the turbocharged DS3 that is the quickest and engaging in the DS3 range of warm-to-hottish Engine power rises to a 200PS, or 197bhp in old money, suspension, steering, brakes and toughened up to suit. It’s the of CitroΫn Racing, the competition behind the somewhat successful World Rally cars.

It appeared at this year’s show as a ‘concept’ car.


The engine gains components, a re-map which more boost pressure, and a exhaust system. It’s not the variable-valve-lift version of the engine now in turbocharged Minis but a development of the unit. Citroen is getting it as a low-volume car which avoids legal tests but limits it to units.

Cleverly, it will also another version with different engine calibration will allow another cars. The two will feel exactly the same to drive.

and dampers are stiffened, more so at the and the ride height drops by Front and rear tracks are wider, thanks to greater in the 18in wheels.

The dampers are in-house Peugeot-Citroen items, and the front brakes get four-pot

What’s it like to drive?

Evo a late development DS3 Racing on a undulating test track and the are promising. The engine note as hard-edged as a Cooper JCW’s but almost no turbo lag and the 203lb ft of gives great punch out of The stiffened tail helps the nose keenly into and there’s plenty of scope for line-tightening if you back off the power.

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CitroΫn has resisted the temptation to the DS3 R (as people will surely it) a rock-hard ride, so it should well on lumpy UK roads. it lacks is total crispness the steering’s straight-ahead position. a problem with electric steering,’ says engineer Budar, ‘but we are trying to it better.’ The ESP can be switched off completely.

deep side bolsters the seats to give plenty of support, but the bright orange is a bit distracting. It goes with the colour, the wheels and the ‘orange that surrounds the front but there will also be a body/grey roof combination if you a calmer DS3 R. The stickers won’t be

How does it compare?

It’s than a Clio Cup, in precision, throttle response Clio has no turbo) and ride but it should devour roads as quickly and you’ll probably calmer by the drive’s end. it will probably be easier to with than a Cooper being just as rapid and more fluent in its feel. a hot hatch designed to grow on you than knock your off on a test drive.

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