Driven: Citroen DS3 Racing – PistonHeads

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Citroen DS3

DRIVEN: CITROEN DS3 RACING

Is it a hot Is it a track car? Is it something sophisticated?

Cars, and I’m I needn’t explain why, be afflicted by mental disorders, but if did then the Citroen DS3 Racing most definitely be a sufferer. of what, however, I’m not

Whatever the clinical term is, something to do with split Basically it’s either disorder or some sort of because the DS3 Racing has no idea sort of car it wants to be.

On the one hand you be forgiven for thinking of it as an out-and-out boy favourite. It’s called the DS3 for a start, which you’d would give you some to the tone the car is trying to set. there’s the black-and-tan paint job and the graphics (though the car can be had in more shades of black and white, the graphics are an optional extra).

In short, the racy DS3’s invite you to draw certain – namely that is a pretty … beast, in the mould of some of the more Clios. There’s even than a hint of fast in there.

The funny thing is it doesn’t take you more half a mile to realise the DS3 Racing has far more sophisticated than that. Much it’s more everyday DS3 the Racing has distinctly premium – this is a car that’s a slice of the same premium-in-miniature pie Mini has had more or less to for the past decade.

This is, says Citroen, a sophisticated performance hatch can play the everyday commute and turn on the fun when you want it as to an uncompromised track fiend. set against the Max Power-esque visuals is a high kit count, including sat-nav (although it’s the paragon of easy-to-use virtue) and racy-looking but squishily comfortable

But as well as having the luxury the DS3 Racing also behaves in a way on the road. It’s quiet and on the move, the 204bhp 1.6-litre motor pulls with a grown-up linearity, and all the controls with the sort of damped that we’ve come to of ‘proper’ premium offerings.

In itself, there is nothing with this ‘premium’ but it just sits so oddly the boy racer flipside of the car’s A perfect example is the liberal of carbon fibre around the It’s real stuff, and nicely made, but it’s for show as opposed to weight

See what I mean by a confused

Even the name isn’t right. It’s called the DS3 but is built by Citroen Racing, the chaps who make the rally that have dominated the top of rallying for the past decade. So why not have a go on playing to that

Still, for whatever reason has decided not to, and so we end up with a car from a that specialises in rallying, looks like an extrovert hatch, but whose dynamic is to deliver its performance and handling in a a way that doesn’t compromise it as an proposition.

At this point you well have given up on the If you want an out-and-out flingable car you’re clearly better off your Renault dealer, if you want to ‘customise’ your new car lurid decals, shiny and big wheels, well, you probably the way to the nearest Halfords. And even if heart is still set on the Citroen, a that nudges Ј23.5k make you gulp a bit.

But if you’re still keen and sold on those love-’em-or-hate-’em you might just be pleasantly Because the hot DS3, like its humble siblings, goes, and steers with more a modicum of competence.

Citroen DS3

Okay, so not the most exhilarating thing to but it’s more than of etching a grin onto face.

The steering and gearchange perfect, but both are reasonably even though they that n th degree of precision. The wheelbase, meanwhile, makes the eminently chuckable, and you can even off the ESP, unlike with any Citroen.

There is, in short, quite a car hiding beneath all that – and profusion – of personalities. If only it could out what it wanted to be. And perhaps cost quite so much.

(L x W x H) (mm) 3962 x 1717 x

Wheelbase (mm) 2464

THP 207hp/6-speed manual

Max power CEE @ rpm 207/152 @ 6000

Max torque CEE @ rpm 275 @ 2000 to 4500

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