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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 DS3-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!

Press release

Citroen is unleashing a hot new Citroen DS3 at the Geneva Motor Show - the limited edition 200hp Citroen DS3 Racing.

Developed by Citroen Racing - the winning team behind five WRC manufacturer’s titles and six driver’s titles for Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena - Citroen DS3 Racing is a special edition with a 100% sporting pedigree. Planned for the second half of 2010, the exclusive Citroen DS3 R will be limited to just 1000 production units.

2010 Citroen DS3-R High Resolution Exterior
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With integrated carbon-trimmed components and specialist motorsports equipment, Citroen DS3 Racing’s tuned and turbo-charged 1.6-litre THP 150 engine develops 200hp - a power increase of almost 30% over the standard unit - with a torque increase of 15% from 240Nm to 275Nm.

To achieve the additional power output, from 156hp to 200hp, Citroen Racing’s engineers modified and optimised the powertrain components, tuned the performance of the turbo and adjusted the mapping of the engine control unit. A special tail pipe and muffler were also added.

Allowing Citroen DS3 R to stick to the road, the car has undergone some significant sporting enhancements. The steering has been made even more precise, with the control system modified for the new tyres. The fitment of stiffer suspension springs, adapted front and rear shock absorbers (to handle the increased power), and the widening of the front and rear tracks by 30mm - plus lowering the car by 15mm - all dramatically change the driving dynamics.

These important developments reinforce both the stability and dynamic control of the car, and enhance the feedback between the road and the driver.

2010 Citroen DS3-R High Resolution Exterior
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The braking system has also been up-rated to ensure control over the car’s additional horsepower. The front wheels get 4-piston racing callipers and special disc-brakes - with drilled discs at the rear. For enhanced control, the ESP has been adapted to complement the sportier handling, but can be disengaged according to the driver’s preference.

In addition to the distinctive, radical styling of Citroen DS3, the new Racing edition inherits Citroen Racing’s expertise in motorsport design to provide advanced technological and stylistic sporting prowess.

The preview model, to be presented at Geneva, is in a special livery and features sporty ‘Citroen DS3’, ‘Citroen Racing’ and chequered flag graphics on the roof, in front of the rear wheel arches, under the side mirrors and next to the fuel cap.

Measuring 3.94m long, Citroen DS3 Racing’s dark grey body is tastefully contrasted with a vibrant, bright orange-coloured roof, side mirrors and brake callipers. The alloy wheels and front grille surround - with integrated chevrons - are finished in orange chrome.

2010 Citroen DS3-R High Resolution Interior
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A sporty carbon finish is used around the front bumper, lower body trim and wing extensions, whilst large 18” alloy wheels, chrome door handles and even a chrome-finished exhaust complete the dynamic styling.

Inside the cabin, smart carbon trim adorns the dashboard, centre console, steering wheel embellisher, armrests and door side mouldings. The vibrant orange bodywork and decals continue into the cabin with the glossy strip of the dash, gear stick and gear stick surround finished in the same bright tone. The sporty, figure-hugging seats are also touched with orange elements and are embossed with ‘Citroen Racing’.

A Citroen DS3 R signature on the rear tailgate and an individually numbered identification plate fixed to the roof-lining further confirm the model’s exclusivity.

2010 Citroen DS3-R High Resolution Exterior
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On the road, Citroen DS3 Racing’s WRC pedigree is evident. Benefiting from Citroen’s extensive knowledge of racing dynamics, a carbon-finished air diffuser stabilises the car at high speeds, whilst the chassis and suspension have been adapted to provide even more precision, control, sportier handling and swifter cornering.

Based on the existing DSport powered by the THP 150, production Citroen DS3 R editions will be finished in a special workshop and fitted with a parts kit developed according to Citroen Racing specifications.

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  (676) posted on 01.31.2012

What we have on this one? Well, this must be a good creation. The orange lining all around the Citroen DS3-R gives illumination. This is powerful at its 200hp and sprint at seven seconds from none to sixty mph. The interior is the best. It has also a touch of orange in the dashboard.

  (276) posted on 11.24.2011

This DS3-R is absolutely looking so awesome with its features! Well, the aggressive appearance of it is very appealing, but I hope they also include some pictures of its interior.

  (692) posted on 01.31.2011

Citroen also allows buyers to customize the interior dashboard strip (which includes the air vents, instrument cluster and multifunction screens) in one of six finishes. Navigation, Bluetooth and an audio system are some of the available options.

  (201) posted on 01.31.2011

Like the Mini Cooper, each DS3 has contrasting black A-, B- and C- ars. However, a "shark-fin"-shaped B- ar separates the sporty compact from its competitors

  (937) posted on 12.6.2010

battle of the Hot Hatches, hatchback vehicle is evolving more and more well liked today, particularly the Sport or GT type. Oh well I should state im furthermore a Fan of Hatches.

  (345) posted on 02.22.2010

Maybe there’s something to compare about especially the Impreza coz’ it’s a hatchback car also. I like the rally matte design on the roof. The combination of the matte seems kinda new to my eyes and I think this will make a scene on the Geneva motor show.

  (516) posted on 02.21.2010

Wow, 210bhp? That is Cooper JCW territory. This little gen just gets better and better. Btw, why are you comparing it to the Evo X and Impreza? They are in a different league!

  (345) posted on 02.14.2010

wow, those specs are pretty lame...Focus RS seems like a monster next to this

  (1332) posted on 02.10.2010

Sweet. I like how the color orange and black makes everything work. I really am looking forward to seeing this car in the race tracks or in the rally races. See it heads up with Suzuki Swift perhaps.

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