Citroen is set to give the Renaultsport Megane something to think about with a storming new model for next week’s Geneva Motor Show.
The DS4 Racing Concept has been created with the help of Citroen Racing – the team behind the company’s multiple World Rally Championship wins – so the car’s racing pedigree runs deeper than simply the badge.
Like the DS3 Racing, which also debuted as a concept before making limited production, the DS4 Racing uses the 1.6-litre THP turbo engine. But Citroen Racing has uprated it to produce 256bhp and emit only 155g/km of CO2.
The specific output of 160bhp per litre betters that of McLaren’s MP4-12C supercar, and is a record for any Citroen road car. Such an output would also make this the world’s most potent 1.6-litre.
The suspension has been dropped by 35mm, too – virtually cancelling out the DS4’s 40mm height advantage over the C4 – while the track is wider by 55mm at the front and 75mm at the rear.
Bigger 380mm front discs have four-piston calipers and sit behind 19-inch alloys. The roof gets a two-tone finish, while the rest of the paint is textured-effect matt grey. Carbon fibre trim is applied to the rear diffuser, front splitter and wheelarch extensions.
Citroen claims it’s a concept, but considering the DS3’s quick transformation to reality, a limited run of DS4 Racings is likely later in the year for at least £30,000.