Citroen DS3R driven
After three very fast hatches on Sunday’s Top Gear, here’s another hot challenger...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
The engineers wanted a splitter to improve front-end aero and arch extensions to cover the big tyres. Then they realised they could make these mouldings more accurately in carbon fibre than in regular plastic, and that the tool-up cost for this limited run would be less. So, real carbon it is. The same stuff is also used around the cabin, trimming the steering wheel, centre console and even a little fillet around the door handles. The cabin carbon's all very nice, but what really matters is the pair of giant bear-hug front seats.
But now the crunch. Citroen is asking £23,100 for all this. Actually, for not quite all this. For all this, you have to add £800 for the satnav and, if you really do have an inferiority complex, £450 for the stickers. Whichever way you cut it, this is a breathtakingly ambitious increment over the sort of prices we're used to seeing on Citroen forecourts.