- David Hort
Citroen DS4 Racing set for Geneva debut
Citroen has slapped its Racing tag on to the DS4 in the form of a hot concept, set for an official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
The DS4 Racing concept, like the brilliant DS3 Racing, has been developed by the French manufacturer’ s World Rally Championship engineers.
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The standard DS4 sticks out on the market thanks to its high ride height however the Racing variant has been dropped down by 35mm. Its front wheels have been pushed 55mm further away from each other, while the rear wheels have had their track widened further still, this time by 75mm.
Overall it’s a more aggressive take on the DS4 premium hatchback - with crossover elements - and that’s most noticeable at its front-end which comes with carbon fibre inserts and a much wider air intake below the characteristic Citroen straight-bar grille.
The wheel arches have also been extended and finished in carbon fibre, as has the splitter at the front of the car.
It will arrive at Geneva with a matt grey paintjob across the outside, complimented by a two-tone roof and wheels, which are big 19-inch alloys with a low profile.
Under the bonnet sits a 256bhp 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine which generates 160bhp per litre of petrol. Its emissions are good for a ‘hot’ concept at 155g/km.
It’s not as loud or gaudy as the DS3 Racing – which comes with a standout range of colours and graphics across the outside - but it should be faster with 52bhp more than its smaller, hot hatch alternative, which clears 62mph in just 6.5 seconds.
More details about the Citroen DS4 Racing will be revealed when it arrives in Switzerland in March.