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
‘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’