Citroen DS4 Racing

24 Feb, 2012 10:00am Jack Rix

The Citroen DS4 Racing is set to make its debut at Geneva next month, with the world’s most potent 1.6-litre engine

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.

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LOOKS THE BIZ & I KNOW THE QUALITY IS AT A MUCH HIGHER GRADE NOWADAYS ON CITROENS A 1.6 HDI & A 2.0 HDI PLEASE POSSSIBLY WITH A DSG GEARBOX.

Although the idea of matt paint puts me off too - it'll just look dirty all the time, especially in grey, and need extra care when washed.

High time the Frenchies kicked some German ass. Perhaps nice to do the same treatment to the DS5.

With the DS3 starting to figure in the lists of ultra low depreciating vehicles, German rear ends are being battered in one way already!

I find the news that DS3s are ultra-low depreciating cars very depressing. I may never be able to afford a nearly new Citroen again. Just as they start making cool cars again.

I take your point (and sympathise). However the presence of the DS3 and Skoda Yeti amongst what are mostly worthy but depressing "totter boxes" in Parker's "top ten" of low depreciatting vehicles shows there is some justice in the world!

last few years citroen produce very cool cars,i love french cars no matter what they say about,body,electronics,deprec.ecetra

fresh stylish design, depreciation worries evaporating, top class dynamics, quality now up to top of class. its high time motoring journalists began to give these makers the justice they truly deserve & stop this badge snobbery bias once & for all? hopefully an end in sight to this boring, bland, overpriced, overated german monotony at last?

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