Citroen to launch DS3 Racing model

French manufacturer Citroen will unveil a limited edition version of its DS3 premium hatch at the Geneva Motor Show in March, it has been announced.

Sales for the new Citroen DS3 Racing will be available to buyers from the second half of the year, but just 1,000 examples are expected to be made.

The new model will still have the 1.6-litre THP engine found in the DS3, but will also sport nearly 30% more power and 15% more torque due to higher-specification components and revised engine management software.

More grip and sharper responses have been made possible by the DS3 Racing's wider track, lowered and stiffened suspension and tweaked electronic power steering. The brakes have been uprated and the standard ESP system provides more slip in standard mode, but can also be turned off.

The DS3 Racing appears with all the trademarks of a hot hatch. Its grey paintwork is contrasted with an orange roof, doors and brake callipers, while carbon fibre trim and 18-inch alloy wheels are also fitted.

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