Citroen DS3 Racing – Yahoo Cars

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An odd mix. The DS3 Racing boasts 204bhp from a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, Citroen Racing tweaked suspension and extrovert looks, combined with a surprisingly supple ride and loads of standard equipment. Just 200 will be available in the UK; in either a garish black and orange scheme or more dignified white and grey.

At £23,100 it#39;s priced against some pretty hardcore competition, with rivals including everything from Renault#39;s super-focused Mégane 250 Cup to MINI#39;s John Cooper Works models.

Is it any good?

Elements of it are very good indeed, but as a complete package it#39;s oddly compromised. Although sitting wider and lower, and on larger 18-inch alloy wheels, the DS3 Racing rides with surprising quality. It#39;s supple, easing over potholes and ripples in the roads where its rivals would thump and bump. The steering is quick and offers some feel, which, given how busy you#39;ll be at the wheel, is useful.

The engine revs freely, pulling strongly right up to its redline, but it#39;s what all that power does to the front wheels that disappoints.

There#39;s plenty of movement at the leather and carbon fibre covered steering wheel as the DS3 Racing attempts to put down its power. It lacks the traction of its rivals, with the front wheels scrabbling for grip on the way to its 6.5-second 0-62mph time. The ESP#39;s traction control doesn#39;t help, letting a lot of slip before intervening rather abruptly.

The DS3 Racing understeers a lot (in admittedly nasty conditions during our test), with the nose pushing wide not just on tighter corners but also on longer radius bends. Wind it back a notch and it is easy to drive and quick, but it lacks the precision and control of its rivals when you ask more from it.

You#39;ll forgive it a lot for the concept car like interior though. It demonstrates the DS3 Racing#39;s focus is more than raw speed. In Racing guise it gains some go-faster chrome and carbon fibre inside and there#39;s a pair of figure-hugging seats to hold you tightly too, but it#39;s clearly more about luxury than lap times.

Should I call the bank manager?

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You might have to. The £23,100 Citroen asks for the DS3 Racing is on the high side. For that you could have a John Cooper Works MINI, or, if you want to go up in size, Renault#39;s Mégane 250 Cup – both being a good bit more driver orientated than the Racing.

More natural competition is perhaps VW#39;s Scirocco in GT 2.0 TFSI guise.

A decent 44.1mpg combined economy figure means sensible running costs, while its 149g/km CO 2 output is impressive. Only 200 will be brought to the UK and demand is high, so residual values should be strong, too. Standard specification is high as well, with the only options on offer being satnav and the rather unnecessary sticker pack.

Summary

The DS3 Racing feels like a luxury car trying to be a fast one rather than a fast car trying to be a luxury one. That might rule it out for the more hardcore driving audience, but it will appeal to those wanting a highly specified, comfortable and rapid hatchback.

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