The French automaker Citroen will unveil a high performance R version of the DS3 hatchback this March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The DS3 R (Racing) will go on sale in the second half of 2010 and will be limited to 1000 units.
The DS 3-R will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.6 Liter four cylinder tuned to deliver a total of 200 HP and is mated to a six speed gearbox that will allow the R spec car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 7 seconds. Compared to the standard DS3, the R version will be equipped with better brakes so that driver’s can dive deeper into corners, a performance tuned suspension for better handling and an all important limited slip differential to ensure that power is distributed evenly across the drive wheels while waking up the hot hatch’s demeanor.
The DS3 R is distinguished by carbon finish used around the front bumper, lower body trim and wing extensions, whilst large 18” alloy wheels, chrome door handles and a chrome-finished exhaust system.
Updated 02/19/2010: Citroen revealed today new image gallery of the DS3 racing. Check it out!
UPDATED 12/16/10: It seems like it’s been ages since we last talked about the DSR Racing sports hatch that we forgot just how awesome this car is. Fortunately, we have a couple of updates to share about the limited-run sports hatch from Citroen. The first is a new walk-around video of the DS3-R, which we expect that you guys will find extremely helpful. The second and more important update has something to do with the car’s availability, especially if you find yourself living in Italy. According to Citroen, one-fifth of all production models of the DS3-R - that’s 200 of the 1,000 total models - will be made available exclusively for the Italian market.
UPDATE 02/09/11:We have more good news for fans of the Citroen DS-3 Racing Model, just in case you’re all sweating the thought of missing out on getting one of the 1,000 total models of the car. According to Citroen, the demand for the car is so strong that the company has already decided on doubling the production number of cars to by another 1,000 units, bringing all DS-3 R units to 2,000 models. It doesn’t end there either. Citroen Racing chief Olivier Quesnel also said that there could be more models available in the horizon if sales of the car keeps at the brisk pace it’s selling now. Awesome news for Citroen fans!