Citroen will come to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with the DS3 Cabrio Racing — a concept car that combines the sporty feeling of a DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of new DS3 Cabrio . The new concept was built by the Citroen Racing team and will offer some innovative features when compared to a base DS3 Cabrio .
The new DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept is offered in a bespoke Moondark matte textured grey paint combined with black chrome insertions on the door handles, trunk trim and door mirrors. The concept also sits on specially designed set of 19-inch alloy wheels painted in gloss black. The wheels are contrasted by brake calipers coated in Carmin red.
On the inside, the concept gets bucket seats in DS design with three types of fabric: Napa full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara. Citroen Racing also used Carmin red on the seats, dashboard, gearshift and the door side strips.
Under the hood, the concept retains the usual 1.6-liter engine that delivers a total of 202 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Citroen DS3 Cabrio.
The new DS3 Cabrio made its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and was put on sale in early 2013. The model is basically a standard DS3 with a canvas roof that operates at speeds of up to 120 km/h (74 mph).
The model is offered with a choice of 10 diesel and petrol engines with power ranging from 89 to 204 horsepower.
In Europe the model is priced from €17,790 ($23,500).
Gallery Citroen DS3 Cabrio
Citroën has chosen this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to world premiere its latest
concept car, the sporty and chic DS3 Cabrio Racing.
Citroën’s involvement in the World Rally Championship was a key reference in the concept, which combines the best of the DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of new DS3 Cabrio.
With custom-built excellence, radical choices and refinement in every detail, DS3 Cabrio Racing delivers the performance and sporting looks of a car tuned by the multi-WRC title winning team, Citroën Racing.
Extensively customised with dynamic styling, DS3 Cabrio Racing features a bespoke Moondark matt textured grey paintwork with special gloss black 19” alloy wheels and Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors.
The concept is DS through and through, with bold identity statements. The distinctive DS pattern appears both on the black canvas roof, in gloss weave with a high-tech carbon-fibre look, and is also engraved on the door mirror housings. Meanwhile the brake callipers, wheel hubs, doors with wide side strips and parts of the lettering and badge are coloured in dynamic Carmin red.
Inside, DS3 Cabrio Racing combines performance with elegance. There are bucket seats with a DS watchstrap design in three types of fabric – Napa full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara – and special DS pearl top-stitching, featured in the Carmin shade for the first time, on the seats, dashboard and gearshift. The Carmin colour continues on the seat housings and dashboard, echoing the door side strips.
Weighing just 25kg more than the hatchback version, DS3 Cabrio’s optimised architecture gave Citroën Racing the ideal platform to ensure the Racing concept would remain exceptionally lively and agile. Citroën Racing fitted the car with special running gear, brakes and a carbon kit, maintaining the performance of the original DS3 Racing, with a 1.6-litre engine developing 202bhp.
A smart design feature fitting to the Cabrio’s lifestyle practicalities is a child seat in three-material watchstrap design leather upholstery, coordinated to the seats, and even co-ordinating rally helmets.