Citroen DS3R driven
After three very fast hatches on Sunday’s Top Gear, here’s another hot challenger...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
One problem: it isn't a fully homologated engine, so they're not allowed to make more than 1,000. To be sneaky, they're doing another 1,000 with a completely different (oh yeah) engine giving 202bhp, but we won't get them in the UK. We're limited to just 200 cars. They're all at the full-fat 207. Which is nice, but, to be honest, the difference between 202 and 207 is smaller than you'd ever be able to tell, and probably smaller than car-to-car manufacturing tolerance.
The gear ratios stay the same as standard, and they work a treat - no messy gaps on mountain roads, but civilised sixth-gear cruising. There's a stronger clutch, though, and some internals in the gearbox have been heat-treated to carry the power more robustly. It's an extremely thorough job.