DS Sports Car Concept Could Get A Production Future
With so many concept debuts happening in any given year in the automotive world, it’s hard to keep track of all these prototypes. There are a few though that stick in our heads, either because of their dramatic good looks or their impressive performance credentials. Then there are those that hit us squarely on both spots and these are the concepts that we actually look forward to seeing production guise. The DS E-Tense Concept from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show counts as one of these concepts and according to Autocar, we might end up seeing a production version of the electric supercar a lot sooner than we had hoped for.
Apparently, DS, the luxury division of the PSA Group that was born out of French automaker Citroen has filed a trademark for the E-Tense name, a sign that the automaker has bigger plans for the concept that stole the show in Geneva last year. Granted, filing a trademark doesn’t automatically mean that the name in question will be used in production form. We’ve seen automakers file trademarks in the past before, only to not do anything with them.
But there are reasons to believe that DS has plans to use the E-Tense name in the future. For one, PSA boss Carlos Tavares has made his opinions clear of a performance car acting as a halo model for DS. The man thinks that there’s enormous potential for the car if it does end up going to production. The French auto giant even took the E-Tense Concept out on the streets of Paris shortly after its debut in Geneva to gauge public reaction for the car. Then there’s the fact that despite being labeled as a concept, DS actually built the model to production car standards, allowing it to be used as technology demonstrator to showcase all of its wares in real-world settings.
Read the tea leaves and there is cause to be optimistic about the E-Tense Concept’s chance of making it to production. Just don’t expect it to happen right away because the priority within the DS brand is to introduce an SUV to the market by 2018. That’s the more pressing concern at the moment. Once the SUV is out though, look for the buzz surrounding the E-Tense Concept to pick up once again.
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Citroen DS models have been around since 2010, but in June of 2014, the DS brand name was brought back to life. When Citroen revived the brand name, the idea was to help restore the premium sector of the auto industry in France, while staying true to the qualities of the original DS that was created back in 1955. Currently the brand has five different models in its lineup , including the DS 3, 4 and 5 in the French market, as well as the 2014 DS 5LS and DS 6 in the Chinese market. DS even has its own network of sales locations throughout China. The brand has sold over a half-million vehicles since it’s launch in 2014, and has also developed a hybrid-diesel 4x4 drivetrain for its DS5 model.
Now, just a year after the brand’s revival, DS has created a new division called DS Performance. The new division aims to bring expertise and technological advances to the DS Virgin Racing Team and its DSV-01 Formula E race car. So far, DS Performance has completely designed the electric motor, transmission, rear suspension and cooling system for the DSV-01. DS performance will be a supporting factor to the Virgin Racing Team through the next Formula E season. Further advancements will include the development of all-electric and plug-in hybrid models for the DS brand.
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Let’s take a quick inventory of all the features the Citroen DS brought to the table: Self-leveling hydraulic suspension; an engine designed to slide under the car in a frontal impact; headlamps that turned with the front wheels; front-wheel drive; front disc brakes; a fiberglass roof. Not to mention futuristic styling that still manages to make modern cars look dull.
Our friends at Petrolicious recently profiled Citroen DS owner Jeff Suhy, who somehow draws an analogy between the DS and the meteoric rise of Nirvana in the early 1990s. With the release of Nevermind in 1991, the band changed the music landscape seemingly overnight. The Citroen DS had a similar effect on the auto industry.
Shortly after moving from the Midwest to California and landing a job in the music industry at A&M Records, Suhy found himself gravitating towards more esoteric things (it happens when you move to L.A.). Cars don’t get much more esoteric than old Citroens, so he bought a Citroen SM (one that incidentally belonged to Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong). Unfortunately, the SM wasn’t in the best condition and Suhy ended up sinking a small fortune into it.
He emerged from the experience wiser and more knowledgeable of the temperamental nature of old Citroens, and after a long search, he found this well-looked-after, one-owner DS. He uses it as a daily driver and plans to keep to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.
Take a guess what vehicle Jay Leno touts as the most comfortable car in the world. Go ahead, guess. If you said a 44-year old Citröen, then you’re probably cheating.
Regardless, the 1971 Citröen DS does indeed take that esteemed top spot in Jay’s list of comfy four-wheeled travel. The biggest reason is the innovative suspension, which uses shocks filled with fluid and air to create a masterful ride quality. There’s also the lounger seats, plus copious foam padding in the carpets.
In fact, the Citröen DS came with a lot of interesting technical novelties we’d normally associate with a modern vehicle. For example, that suspension will self-raise, which allows for tire changes with nothing more than a jack stand. The roof is fiberglass, which keeps weight low, both in terms of pounds and physical location on the body. In a crash, the engine was designed to shove underneath the cabin to prevent crushing the passengers. The headlights turn with the steering wheel, which helps illuminate around bends.
The number of forward-thinking features stuffed into this car is actually rather astounding. It makes you realize that despite the high levels of technical sophistication exhibited by modern vehicles, a similar level of capability can be achieved with simple, clever, mechanical design.
Jay makes a good case in labeling the ’71 Citröen DS the greatest car of the 20th-century. While I still think that’s a rather generous title, there’s no doubt that it does indeed rank up there with some of the best in the world. Also, this video includes some extremely weird Citröen ads, which alone are worth the click.
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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.
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The New Year has brought two special editions to the Citroen lineup: DS3 DStyle Red & DSport Red. The two special editions will be based on DStyle and DSport trim levels, and are now on sale with prices ranging from £15,655 ($25,450 at the current exchange rates) to £18,060 ($29,300).
The two models are offered in either Polar White or Perla Nera Black body colors combined with red insertions on the hood, door mirrors, front grille and chevrons. The two special editions come with 16-inch Ashera alloy wheels painted DStyle Red models and 17-inch Bellone alloy wheels for the DSport Red versions. For both models, the wheels can be ordered in either white or black.
The same combination is also used on the interior, where Citroen installed a "Connect Signature" package that adds Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an enhanced Hi-Fi system and additional speakers for superior sound quality.
Under the hood the two special editions offer both petrol and diesel engines, but only a 6-speed manual transmission is available.
French automaker, Citroen, is probably most famous in the auto and racing circles for its dominance in the world of rally racing and in particular, it’s tie-up with 8-time WRC champ, Sebastien Loeb. So it only made sense that Citroen is bringing a special edition model of their DS3 Racing model to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The DS3 Sebastien Loeb SE model will be made available after Geneva at a still undisclosed price and will be limited to only 200 units.
On the aesthetic front, Citroen gave the car a special matte black paint finish - always a positive thing - with matching red graphics on the roof that pay homage to Loeb and all his career accomplishments in WRC. Likewise, the mirror caps, the grill rush, the fascia panel, and the base of the gear lever have all been decked in a red Arden finish.
Finally, the interior of the car gets a special numbered plaque signed by both Loeb and Daniel Elena celebrating their 8 championships in WRC with a corresponding numerical assignment on what model number the car is in relation to all 200 units.
You can expect to see the DS3 Racing Sebastien Loeb Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show where it will be on hand together with the rest of Citroen’s contingent.
Rumors have been flying around that say Citroen is preparing a competitor for models like the Volkswagen Golf R and the Renaultsport Mégane RS, and here it is. The French company has offered the first official confirmation of the upcoming DS4 Racing Concept. This first concept model will be unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The new DS4 Racing Concept will be finished in a textured-effect matte grey paint combined with a two-tone roof and 19" two-tone wheels with a special DS4 Racing design. The car has been lowered by 35 mm, but offsetting that is a widened track, 55mm at the front and 75mm at the rear. These adjustments make the DS4 look aggressive, as well as more aerodynamic.
The Citroen DS4 Racing Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine that delivers a total of 256 HP. It also features a ton of carbon fiber components, including the air diffuser, front splitter, and wheel arch extensions.
Full details on the Citroen DS4 Racing Concept will be unveiled next month during its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
After the DS3 and DS4, Citroen has announced that there will more DS versions launched in the near future, including a sports car based on the Survolt concept. And now that Citroen has dropped plans for a production version of the GT Concept, the future DS sports car will be the only high performance model Citroen will offer.
We don’t expect the production model to follow the concept that closely as we have already picked up on a few changes that will be made, but we are hoping that the overall look and performance of the production model will be just as good, if not better, than the concept. And with Citroen targeting younger customers looking for more than just a simple sports car, we can only imagine that it will be.
Look for Citroen’s only sports car to debut sometime in 2012 with sales starting as early as 2013.
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Citroen’s future plans includes more DS versions, including aDS Roadster based on Citroen Survolt concept. Today we have details on a new DS model that will compete with model like Audi S3, the Volkswagen Golf R and the Ford Focus ST.
The new model will be called DS4 Racing (or Sport) and is descried as a "hybridized DS4 model." This new model will combine a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine with 200 HP and with a 95 HP electric motor on the rear axle. The result for this all-wheel drive sport model is a total output of 295 HP. This new hybrid system is similar to the PSA Group’s diesel HYbrid4 set-up or perhaps it will de derived from the new front-wheel drive hybrid system PSA Group is developing with BMW.
The new DS4 Racing is expected to make its world debut sometime in 2013, after the standard DS4 will go on sale in 2011.
Next to the DS3 and DS4, the newly launched Citroen DS line-up will include a series of new models, including a sports car said the company boss Frederic Banzet at the Paris Auto Show. Talking to AutoCar he said that a sports car is seriously taken under consideration. But until we’ll have the chance to see it on the streets we will see more derivatives of the DS3. And the first of them will be a soft-top DS3.
Citroen’s DS models are distinguished by: 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. The DS3 model gets a 1.6 turbo THP engine that delivers a total of 155 HP, while the DS4 will get a HDi 110 engine combined with Citroen’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology. The two models will go on sale in 2011.
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.
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.
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French automaker Citroen is working on bringing two of its concepts to life, the Metropolis luxury sedan and the Survolt sports car.
The company’s recent attempts to break into the European luxury sedan market haven’t gone well, as the C6 hasn’t sold like Citroen had hoped. The Metropolis is the next step for the company and it could be the new DS9.
“We cannot afford to let the likes of Audi, Mercedes and BMW forge into Citroën’s heartland supermini territory without fighting back and pushing into theirs,” PSA design boss Jean-Pierre Ploue said to Autocar.
He added that selling high-end luxury cars in Europe isn’t easy at the moment, but the new DS9 could do great things for Citroen.
The sports car Survolt has been seen on the roads before, as it was at the Le Mans Classic race giving a demonstration.
“It’s still our intention to put the Survolt into low-volume production, and we’re pursuing the idea of a one-make race series,” an Autocar source confirmed.
Although we’ve seen plenty of previews of what will be at the Paris Motor Show next month, it is till going to have a few surprises. The French manufacturer Citroen is still keeping most of its new GT under wraps until the show. According to our sources, the new teaser was released due to the future debut of the latest Gran Turismo game. Stay tuned - when we know more, you’ll know more.
For its official come-back to world class rallying after a year’s absence, Citroën has entered two new C4 WRCs for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí on the 2007 World Championship’s curtain-raiser, the Monte Carlo Rally. The WRC’s longest-standing fixture has traditionally been successful hunting ground in recent years for both the French team and its three-time Drivers’ title-winning crew Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena. After dominating the 2002 event, the association went on to (...)
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