You’ve seen the spyshots before, and now here it is – the Citroen DS4 THP200 Manual. That’s right, you can now choose to have 200 PS, three pedals and six speeds with your DS4. Official Citroen distributor Naza Euro Motors puts a price tag of RM175,000 on it, RM10,000 more than the lower powered auto. Price includes insurance five-year unlimited mileage warranty.
The engine is the same PSA (or Prince if you like) turbocharged 1.6 litre lump that you get with the standard Citroen DS4 and DS5, but it’s tuned to deliver 200 PS at 6,800 rpm and 275 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. 0-100 km/h sprint now takes as little as 7.9 seconds compared to 9.3 seconds for the auto variant. Top speed is higher too: 235 versus 212 km/h.
Other than the engine and transmission, the rest of the Citroen DS4 THP200 Manual is identical to the automatic model. You still get 18-inch wheels, xenon headlamps with DRLs, dual-zone climate control, premium leather upholstery, electric front seats with massage function, six airbags, blind-spot monitoring system, ESP and the like.
Availability is of course limited, as demand for it isn’t high anyway. But it’s great news for manual aficionados who now have yet another high performance three pedal option to choose from. So what are you waiting for? I’ll race you to the showrooms.