Citroen DS3R driven
After three very fast hatches on Sunday’s Top Gear, here’s another hot challenger...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
The Racing is so called because it was developed by engineers at the company's rally division, Citroen Racing. To get the engine up to 207bhp, they fitted a bigger turbo. This is usually a recipe for lag, and then an unpredictable explosion of boost. Not this time. The engine burbles sweetly and responsively through the mid ranges. It's got a bit more torque, but nothing to write home about: change up at 4,000, and you'd never spot the difference between this and the regular 150bhp version. The new exhaust flows more gas, as it must, but it isn't noisy. The Racing sails along the motorway with all the civility of the car it's based on.
After that first mile, you're wondering why this car is so large of mouth yet so apparently small of trouser. To find out, get some revs up, and find some empty corners.