DS 3 Per­for­mance

evo’s vis­ual con­tent ed­i­tor gets his hands on Citroën’s posh hot hatch to see if it de­liv­ers as a driv­ers’ car

Evo - - FAST FLEET -

‘IT’S FAST, IT’S GOT A man­ual gear­box and it’s yel­low.’ When the ed­i­tor used those words to hint at what I’d be driv­ing for the next few months, the DS 3 Per­for­mance (DS be­ing the luxury sub-brand of Citroën) wasn’t the first car that came to my mind, but per­haps that’s one of the rea­sons why it’s such an in­trigu­ing prospect.

The in­gre­di­ents for the Fast Fleet’s lat­est ar­rival are in­ter­est­ing. It has a 1.6-litre tur­bocharged en­gine with 205bhp and 221lb ft of torque, mak­ing the car good for claims of 0-62mph in 6.5sec and 143mph flat out. There’s also a close-ra­tio six-speed ’box, a Torsen lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial, Brembo brakes, DS Per­for­mance sports sus­pen­sion (a wider track and a 15mm lower ride height than the stan­dard DS 3) and a set of Miche­lin Pi­lot Su­per Sport tyres. It’s a car to be taken se­ri­ously, then, even in Bum­ble­bee spec. The colour won’t be to all tastes, but I hap­pen to think Sport Yel­low works well with the DS 3’s quirky looks.

For the ba­sic price of £23,335 you get a seven-inch touch­screen, DAB ra­dio, xenon head­lights and

‘ There’s a con­trast be­tween the DS brand ethos and my per­sonal ex­pec­ta­tions of a good hot hatch’

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