Citroen DS3R driven
After three very fast hatches on Sunday’s Top Gear, here’s another hot challenger...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
At high revs, this engine properly delivers. It's not manically peaky, but you definitely know it's packing 207bhp, and it's all you can do to avoid repeatedly clouting the red line. Citroen claims 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, and I don't doubt it. It's a lot of engine for a car that weighs 1,250kg. And the speed washes away under the middle pedal, which is connected to big discs with four-piston Brembo calipers that give precision and feedback as well as force.
So, the first corner you come to, the car darts into the arc with plenty of wit and enthusiasm. You probably didn't go fast enough. The 215/40 18 tyres are sticky for a car this light, and the stout brakes probably knocked off more speed than you planned. This isn't the normal DS3, after all. Faster next time, please.