DS3 Per­for­mance cuts a huge dash

Daily Mirror - - ON THE ROAD -

YOU’D buy this Citroen DS3 Per­for­mance for its colour alone. It’s matt black with a gold roof and gold mir­ror cap­pings – and in­side there’s a gold dash­board.

If you like sub­tle it’s not the colour scheme for you be­cause this car gets looked at. It’s as dis­tinc­tive as Peu­geot’s 208 GTI 30th An­niver­sary edi­tion in its black/red coupe Franche colour scheme, which is fit­ting since the DS3 Per­for­mance and the 208 GTI are sis­ter cars.

Citroen, or DS Au­to­mo­biles if we fol­low the com­pany line and drop the name Citroen, hasn’t sold a proper hot ver­sion of its DS3 since the low-vol­ume DS3 Rac­ing al­most six years ago. That car was a looker too with its or­ange de­tail­ing.

It’s sur­pris­ing that Citroen didn’t re­peat the ex­per­i­ment sooner since the Rac­ing sold pretty well even though it was built in small num­bers.

This new DS3 Per­for­mance and the old DS3 Rac­ing share very sim­i­lar tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

For ex­am­ple, they use the same 1.6-litre tur­bocharged en­gine (although up­dated for im­proved emis­sions and econ­omy) that in the old car pro­duced 204bhp and in the new Per­for­mance gives 210bhp.

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