Citroen DS

Citroen DS

To say that the new Citroen DS3 rally car has some big shoes to fill is like saying that Megan Fox is hot. Well, duh.

Following in the footsteps of the C4 rally car isn’t always the best place to get your feet wet in the world of rally. This is especially true since the C4, which has been running for four years, already has a laundry list of accomplishments, including three driver’s championships and two manufacturer’s championships. Can you take the heat, DS3?

Nevertheless, Citroen is ready to unveil their next-generation rally race, which was built with a smaller, normally aspirated engine to adhere to the new rules that are going to be enforced in the World Rally Championship beginning in the 2011 season.

The C3 rally car is scheduled to have its public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show next week. But before that, Citroen has released a new teaser video of the new rally car. We’re dying to find out how the DS3 can handle the enormous shadow cast by its predecessor. Although we won’t be able to find that out until next year, we’re likewise excited to see how the new rally car looks.

Whoever said that car companies and high fashion brands don’t have a place in each other’s arms has obviously never met Citroen .

The French manufacturer has already tied the proverbial “partnership knot” with one such brand – Yves St. Laurent – and has even launched its own DS3 Design Competition when we found out that they have tapped yet another fashion icon to collaborate with: Japanese fashion powerhouse Kenzo.

For their collaboration, Citroen and Kenzo decided to dress up a DS3 premium hatchback – care to venture a guess on why hatches are getting all the love from designers these days - by giving it a colorful and eye-catching retro pattern on both the car’s roof, as well as the interior upholstery.

Call us crazy, but we’re actually digging this design. We like how Citroen and Kenzo kept the patterns relatively tame while also using colors that don’t scream attention by the mere sight of it. There’s no word yet on how many of these cars will be released, but from what we’ve gathered, at least for the mean time, this special edition DS3 will be kept as a one-off.

Source: Citroen

Now that Citroen has unveiled the official details on the new DS4 , there are rumors about a more powerful version that will take on models like Volkswagen Golf R and Renaultsport Mégane RS . The new Citroen DS4, rumored to be called Racing will be revealed in 2013.

Like with the DS3-Racing , the future model will feature a two-tone exterior and on the interior racing seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. There will also be the carbon finish on the front bumper, lower body trim and wing extensions, whilst large 18” alloy wheels, chrome door handles and a chrome-finished exhaust system.

Under the hood Citroen will place the same engine used in the Peugeot RCZ - a 1.6 THP engine that delivers 200 HP. There are also rumors about a hybrid version that will combine a 1.6-liter engine driving the front wheels and a 95bhp electric motor that powers the rears.

Source: Autoexpress

Citroen has unveiled today the first details on the new DS4, the second model in Citroen’s distinctively-styled DS line. Official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show and sales will begin in 2011.

The new DS4 model is distinguished by the DS signature: striking LED light, a chrome-finished waistline surrounding dark tinted windows, muscular wheel arches, tautly drawn roofline with a spoiler for added vitality, chrome rear bumper and light clusters highlights.

On the interior, DS4 offers a choice of five leather combination, including two-tone options. Range-topping models are also equipped with high quality leather on the dashboard and door panels - complete with a ‘Bracelet’ design on the seats, evoking the links of a watch strap.

The DS4 can be ordered with Citroen’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology, which is available from launch on versions powered by the HDi 110 engine. This system combines an economical HDi Euro V diesel power plant , new generation Stop & Start system, a second-generation reversible alternator and an e-booster function.

Press release after the jump.

We were introduced to the Citroen DS3 R3 about a month and a half ago and we are finally going to be able to see it in action. The car will make its debut at Ulster Rally in the early afternoon of Friday, August 20, 2010.

This will be the first time that the DS3 goes head to head with its rivals, before being offered for sale to customers. Using its four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP (high pressure turbo) engine, the R3 version of the DS3 hatchback will be able to put some competitive miles out at the Ulster Rally. Of course, the engine had to be outfitted with racing parts such as air box, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust and turbo systems, electronic unit, etc., in order to be up for the task. These parts allow the hatchback to deliver 210hp of racing power.

"The Ulster Rally is a very tricky event where competitors have to deal with narrow roads that offer little grip. The variable weather conditions in Ireland are capable of springing both nice and nasty surprises so these are sure to be a determining factor in the outcome of the rally. The ideal result for us in Antrim would be to win Group R and finish in the top five overall. From a sporting point of view, Ireland and Great Britain are very important customer competition markets for our company."

Check back with us on August 20th to see more details on the maiden racing voyage of the Citroen DS3 R3!

Press release after the jump.

Citroen Racing has used their FIA expertise, as well as the new Group R3T regulations drawn up by the FIA, to create the Citroen DS3 R3. The DS3 R3 will feature a steel body shell reinforced with a welded multipoint roll cage created with the use of 45 meters of steel piping. The weight has been reduced by taking out the supports used in the production model with the battery and the automatic fire extinguisher being moved behind the seats to distribute weight more efficiently.

The DS3 R3 is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP (high pressure turbo) engine improved with racing parts (air box, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust and turbo systems, electronic unit, etc.). It is mated to a six speed gearbox featuring a semiautomatic sequential control. It also carries with it a specially tuned chassis and suspension. The result is an output of 210bhp and 350 NM of torque.

The Citroen DS3 R3 will be sold as a kit and in ready-to-race versions.

UPDATE 08/17/2010: The Citroen DS3 R3 will make its debut at Ulster Rally in the early afternoon of Friday, August 20th. This will be the first time that the DS3 goes head to head with its rivals, before being offered for sale to customers. Make sure to check back with us on August 20th to see the latest details on the DS3 R3!

Press release after the jump.

Automakers aren’t stupid. If one model does well then they inevitably create a special edition or modified model to ride the seller’s wave even longer. This seems to be the case with the DS3 Coupe . Apparently all of the special editions based off of this model were just not good enough and so Citroen has decided to give the Mini Mini Convertible a run for their money by creating a convertible version of the popular DS3. Unfortunately for DS3 lovers, the convertible version for the DS3 supermini will not be released before 2012. More so, it appears that the DS3 Racing will not get a convertible version at all.

The engine line-up for the next DS3 Cabrio will be identical to the one found in the hatchback version. This means there will be a choice of two HDi diesel engine and three petrol units: a 95bhp 1.4-liter petrol, with a choice of 120; a 150bhp 1.6-liter petrol, and 1.6-liter diesels with 90bhp or 110bhp. However it is not sure if the convertible version will feature a metal folding roof or a fabric version.

It is expected for the convertible version to be priced at around £2000 over the hatchback, meaning it will go on sale sometime in 2013 at a price of around £14,000.

Source: What Car

The Citroen C4 is one of the coolest models in the French manufacturer’s line-up, but with the next generation things are going to change a bit as Citroen makes room for the DS4 .

The C4 will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show and will be shortly followed by the DS4; a 5-door hatchback and not a three-door model like the DS3. These vehicles features a lot of the bells and whistles that were seen on the Citroen DS concept at the Geneva Motor Show last year.

Compared to the C4, the DS4 will feature high quality interior materials and chrome inserts in both interior and exterior. Under the hood Citroen will offer a wide range of engines starting with a 120 HP 1.6 VTi unit and going up to a 200 HP engine (same as the one used in the Peugeot 308 GTI and the RCZ ).

Citroen Italia in cooperation to Partner Convivio 2010 (the largest charitable operation in Italy) has unveiled the special edition DS3 Just Black. After being displayed in Milan from June 10 to 15, this special edition will be auctioned with all the proceeds going to ANLAIDS Lombardia - an association fighting against AIDS.

The DS3 JUst Black features a matte black body combined with a shiny black roof. The interior will get red tape on the passenger side. Under the hood there is a 1.6 turbo THP engine that delivers a total of 155 Hp.

It has been about a year since the French automaker launched the all new Citroen DS line and only a few months after the new DS3 broke cover, the new car builder is taking the next step by unveiling the new DS High Rider concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The High Rider is a modern car with an innovative technological approach, especially because of the new "Full Hybrid" diesel powertrain.

The "Full Hybrid " system combines a refined HDi DPFS diesel burning power plant with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle that enables the Citroen DS High Rider to combine the fuel efficiency and torque of an HDi diesel engine with the green benefits of a next generation ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) when running exclusively under electric power while in other situations, both propulsion sources combine to deliver the maximum amount of power with an excess of torque being transmitted to the rear wheels.

Updated 04/23/2010: Citroen today unveiled images of the concept’s interior. The images revealed that the instrument panel, seats and door panels are all finished in a quality, full-grain leather, while chrome detailing is used around the dials, steering wheel, air vents, gear stick and the arch that connects the instrument panel to the console.

Press release after the jump.

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