Citroen has released full details on its limited edition DS3 Racing hot hatch. Only 1,000 cars will be produced (200 right-hand drive models announced for the UK). Despite the hefty £23,100 price tag, Citroen UK says it has already received more than 1,500 inquires for the DS3 through its website. UK buyers can place their order from September 1 to start with first deliveries planned for early 2011.
The DS3 Racing has been developed by Citroen’s Racing division. Essentially a pumped up version of the DS3 DSport with the 150HP 1.6 THP, the Racing model features a tweaked engine and chassis as well as a sportier look inside and out.
The Citroen DS3 Racing gets a specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine is an output of 207-horsepower and maximum torque of 275Nm. That’s good enough for a top speed of 235km/h (146mph) and a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 6.5 seconds.
The Citroen’s Racing division also modified the suspension settings, fitted new dampers, lowered the car’s ride height by 15mm, and widened the front and rear tracks by 30mm.
On the styling front, the Citroen DS3 Racing features a new bodykit with many carbon fibre components such as the rear diffuser, front bumper, side rubbing strips and wheel arch extensions. Inside, there’s a set of body-hugging bucket seats up front and decorative carbon fiber trim.
The Citroen DS3 Racing will be available only in two color schemes, one with an Obsidian Black body and a Sport Orange roof, the other with a Polar White body and a Carbon Grey roof.