Citroen DS3 Red special edition revealed

2 Jan, 2013 7:07pm Tom Phillips

Red interior and exterior tweaks for the Citroen DS3 Red special edition

The Citroen DS3 Red special edition has been unveiled. Based on the mid-range DS3 DStyle and range-topping DS3 DSport trim levels, the Red model adds extra equipment and a Red Touch interior and exterior pack.

The DS3 Red models are available in white or - for an extra £480 - metallic black, and all cars feature a contrasting red roof and door mirror caps. The front grille and Citroen chevrons are also finished in red, and the alloys are painted in either white or black to match the body colour.

Inside, the DS3 Red models include a large swathe of gloss red across dashboard and around the door handles.

The DS3 DStyle Red models include Citroen’s Connect Signature pack as standard, which includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and extra speakers for the stereo.

DSport Red models also benefit from the Connect Signature pack as standard, and also get automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, electric door mirrors, an auto-dipping rear view mirror, interior mood lighting and a front central armrest.

The Citroen DS3 DStyle Red version can be had with a 120bhp petrol or 90bhp diesel engine, costing from £15,655 and £15,855 respectively, and £805 more than the regular DS3s that they’re based on.

The DS3 DSport Red comes with a choice of 155bhp petrol or 115bhp diesels, priced from £17,780 and £18,060 – and £730 or £810 – more than the regular models respectively.

All models come with six-speed manual gearboxes and are on sale now.

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DS3 is essentially a fashion statement. A car for people who are desperate for a change from the run-of-the-mill Polos and Corsas. I would buy one if Citroen could give better access to the rear.

It's a bit more than that as it drives very nicely, responding best to a light touch on both the wheel and the gearlever. Essentially feline in character, rather than most cars which are canine, so it needs a bit of imagination from the driver but this is one vehicle which does show imagination itself. More spacious than a Mini and more rear headroom than A1/Ibiza.
Actually I don't particularly like these colour schemes but they are not compulsory!

Does the article say that all these models come with a 6 speed gearbox? Up to now it has only been available on the (expensive) DSport versions, and the lack of it on the lower models has in my opinion been a major weakspot. The 5 speed is not of the same quality, and I know owners complain of the low gearing on the motorways.

Diesel in 5 speed version turns over at 2,000 rpm at 60 mph which is fine. Cannot speak of the petrol five speeder.
As for the gear change, it is beautiful with the right approach. Grasp the gear lever as if stirring a Christmas pudding then it can be awkward. Stroke the changes through with the fingertips and it is a delight to use. Same light, smooth, touch needed with the steering.

This vehicle needs a different technique from anything else I have driven. Take a very little trouble to acquire this technique and even the drive to and from work becomes a delight!

Well done and very good looking.
The DS3 is a great car, we owned one for two years which we have now replaced with a DS4. We drove 38525 miles in less than two years without the single problem, 100% satisfaction and so pleasant to drive. In my opinion a much better car than most german cars who tend to be overrated and too pricey (with similar equipment). The DS3 was much better equipped than my A5 and it looks great.