More than simply a Peugeot 208 GTi dressed in slightly more fashionable clothing, the DS3 Racing features the same 1.6 litre turbocharged and direct-injected Prince engine as the Pug, but tuned to produce seven more horses for a total of 207 hp. Torque remains the same at 275 Nm; mind you, that’s still plenty enough to fire the DS3 Racing to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 235 km/h.
That level of performance is channeled to the road through the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The suspension settings have been revised, new dampers have been fitted, the front and rear tracks have been widened by 30 mm and the ride height has been lowered by 15 mm. Stopping power is provided by four-piston brake callipers and uprated discs at the front.
Aesthetically, the DS3 Racing is offered in two colour schemes – Obsidian Black with a Sport Orange roof as seen here, and Polar White with a Carbon Grey roof. 18-inch wheels are wrapped in 215/40 rubber and are matched to the colour of the roof, while the front splitter, wheel arch extensions, side rubbing strips and rear diffuser are all made from real carbon fibre.
The use of carbon fibre continues inside on the centre console, steering wheel and door inserts, and the dashboard fascia trim also matches the roof colour. Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system.
Unfortunately, the sales reps present were adamant that there is no plans to bring in the limited-to-2,500-units DS3 Racing to our shores. That’s a right shame, but hey, there’s already a small, fairly affordable French hot hatch in our market. And if you insist on having the Citroen’s unique style, the standard DS3 1.6 VTi 120 is available for RM117,888.