Citroen uncovers hot hatch DS3

Citroen’s DS3 Racing car will be available to buy from September priced from £23,100.

Developed by Citroen Racing, the team behind five WRC manufacturer’s titles and six driver titles, the hot DS3 has a tuned 1.6-litre THP engine which makes 207bhp. The DS3 Racing will reach 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 146mph.

The new car is based on the top-of-the-range DS3 DSport THP 150, but includes carbon fibre components such as the back diffuser, front bumper, side rubbing strips as well as wheel arch extensions.

The inside features a revised centre console, steering wheel and door inserts. Citroen confirmed that 200 RHD motors will come to the UK and the company has already had 1,500 enquiries through its internet site even despite the fact that initial deliveries are not expected until early 2011.