Citroen’s presentation of the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year went well enough that the French company has now confirmed that a production version is on its way next year.
It’ll only be sold in limited quantities, which is a little bit of a letdown, but then again, knowing that supply is going to be limited, you can bet that a lot of people will be signing up for one when Citroen opens its order books for the car on January 2nd.
That being said, what we really like about the DS3 Cabrio Racing is that there weren’t a lot of changes made to the production model from the concept version. Actually, you’re going to have to look pretty deep to notice anything different.
The production version of the DS3 Cabrio Racing will feature a new paint color, Matte Moondark Grey, that will be packaged with a black roof, and accents of Carmin Red strategically finished in various parts of the car, including as wide strips on the doors and the wheel centers.
The interior also comes in its own shade of Moondark Grey, which Citroen used on the upper dash, the center console, and the instrument panel. The front seat headrests have the Citroën Racing signature embroidered on them, while uniquely numbered identification plates are placed on the base of the gearshift lever, ensuring that it’s limited appeal is displayed for everyone to see.
Carbon fiber will also be plentiful on this upscale model, as you will be able to find the lightweight material on the air diffuser, front splitter, wraparound body sills and wing flares. Rounding out the sporty exterior is a chrome-finished, twin-exit exhaust system.
A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine will be powering the DS3 Cabrio Racing with output slated at 207 horsepower, a speck more than the 202-horsepower output of the concept version. No performance details were announced, but we assume it’s going to hit 60 mph in around 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of about 155 mph.
Citroen has made no mention on how many models of the DS3 Cabrio Racing it’ll make available, but there’s a good chance that there’s going to be less than 1,000 units available. So if you’re interested, circle January 2nd on your calendars now because we suspect that the books will be filled up really quickly.
Click past the jump to read about the Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept
Introduced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July, the DS3 Cabrio Racing Conceptwas Citroen’s way of showcasing its luxury chops on one of its more popular models. The concept was decked from front to back with plenty of bespoke goodies, not the least of which included a Moondark matte textured grey paint, black chrome insertions on the door handles, trunk trim and door mirrors, and the dull leather, Alcantara, and Nappa interior treatment.
Under its hood, the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept came with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 202 horsepower.
Citroën’s commitment to motorsport is also reflected in its products, like the individually numbered, limited edition Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing unveiled today. Directly inspired by the concept car presented at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Frankfurt Motor Show, it combines all the qualities of the Citroën DS3 Racing with the pleasure of open-top driving provided by the DS3 Cabrio. A coherent combination, as the Citroën DS3 Cabrio has adopted a streamlined architecture (only 25kg heavier than the hatchback version), which means the car boasts responsive, agile handling.
Sporting the same distinctive design features as the Citroën DS3 Cabrio, this model also comes with resolutely Racing attributes such as the chrome-finish, twin exhaust pipes and the genuine carbon finish deployed on numerous bodywork components (air diffuser, a semi-rigid splitter in the front bumper, wraparound body sills, wing flares, etc.).
The cabin has also been given a very specific treatment. For example, the exclusive, matt-finish Moondust Grey bodywork colour is also used on the upper dash and on many interior trim items such as the central console of the instrument panel. The steering wheel inserts and the fascia panel cap are finished with a carbon fibre effect. Lastly, the dashboard also features the Crimson Red colour used on the vertical strip on the door interiors. The exclusive nature of the Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing is clearly displayed with the Citroën Racing signature on the headrest of the front seats and a numbered identification plate located on the base of the gearshift lever.
Performance lies at the core of the Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing. Its 207bhp, 1.6-litre engine, developed by Citroën Racing, benefits from the expertise of the eight-time World Rally Championship-winning team.