Citroen's DS3 Racing - the hi-po version of the regular 2011 DS3 launching in Australia next month - is set to go on sale in Europe early next year, but don't expect to see it in local showrooms. With only 1000 examples of the DS3 Racing to be built, a mere 200 of them will be built in right-hand-drive - all for the UK.
Citroen Australia's Edward Rowe told TMR earlier this month that local interest in the DS3 Racing has been made clear at Citroen headquarters. Unfortunately, with today's announcement confirming the extremely limited right-hook numbers, the chances of seeing the performance DS3 in Australia would seem 'slim to none'.
Built by Citroen's in-house Racing division, the DS3 Racing is powered by the BMW and PSA Peugeot Citroen developed 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine, producing 154kW and 275Nm of torque.
According to Citroen, the DS3 Racing will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.5 seconds.
The DS3 Racing's enhanced figures come courtesy of upgraded powertrain components, a modified turbo and a reprogrammed ECU, boosting power from the turbo-charged engine's regular 116kW/240Nm output.
Along with a power boost, the DS3 Racing features a tweaked steering system, stiffer springs and modified shock absorbers fore and aft. The track has been widened by 30mm at both ends of the car, and suspension has been lowered by 15mm.
Citroen is withholding the DS3 Racing's performance figures until its official debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show.
A revised ESP system is joined by upgraded four-piston calipers and cross-drilled disc brakes sit behind the 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with high performance tyres.
A new sports aero kit sets the DS3 Racing's styling apart from the regular 2011 Citroen DS3, including spoilers to the front and rear, and skirts along the side.
Carbon-fibre features heavily both inside and out, along with chrome door handles, exhaust tip and interior highlights.