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Citroen reveals details of sporty DS3 Racing

Citroen has revealed details of the DS3 Racing - the performance version of the DS3 that is available to order from September 1 2010. It will be powered by a specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine with 207bhp which gives the DS3 Racing a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds putting it firmly in hot hatch territory, but it also has a price tag to match and will set you back £23,100 - that's more than a Ford Focus ST.

However, with only 200 right-hand drive models coming to the UK, the sporty Citroen is guaranteed to be exclusive. It's based on the Citroen DS3 DSport THP 150, but the DS3 Racing has been modified by Citroen Racing with an enhanced chassis and running gear.

The suspension settings have been modified, specific dampers have been fitted, the front and rear tracks have been widened by 30mm and the ride height has been lowered by 15mm. The braking system has also been uprated, with four-piston callipers and special brake discs at the front. As well as extra bhp from the 1.6 THP engine, maximum torque has also increased, from 240Nm to 275Nm and is available over a wide rpm range to improve acceleration.

It certainly doesn't disappoint on looks either, although the awful pictures from Citroen don't give us a great view of the newcomer. What we do know is that it gets plenty of motorsport inspired features, including carbon fibre elements such as the rear diffuser, front bumper, side rubbing strips and wheel arch extensions. The interior has received the same treatment and the use of carbon fibre continues on the centre console, steering wheel and door inserts.

Equipment levels look good too with automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth with USB connectivity and an eight-speaker sterei system. The DS3 Racing also has some new features such as S.ESP - a Switchable Electronic Stability Programme.

The DS3 Racing is available in two colour schemes, one with an Obsidian Black body and a Sport Orange roof while the other features a Polar White body with a Carbon Grey roof. The orange or grey roof colours are matched to the alloy wheels, door mirrors, chevrons, grille surround, tailgate spoiler and dashboard fascia. If that wasn't enough the DS3 Racing also gets ‘Citroën Racing' badges on the doors and sports seats along with the DS3 Racing signature on the tailgate.

The DS3 Racing is available to order from September 1 with the first deliveries expected to start early in 2011.

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