Citroen’s luxury brand, DS Automobiles, has shown its first serious performance concept - the E-Tense - an all-electric supercar that blends the avant garde DS look with a high-tech electric powertrain.
Styled to evoke a “sense of perpetual motion” the E-Tense features a central chrome spine, slender LED lamps front and rear, roof-mounted indicators inspired by the original DS, and more aggressive version of the DS Wings front styling featuring a 3D printed grille.
Under the sleek green bodywork lies a carbon monocoque chassis which plays host to an all-electric powertrain capable of 296kW and 416Nm, offering a 310km mixed-cycle driving range, or up to 360km of urban range from a lithium ion battery.
Power is delivered to all four wheels via a standing 50:50 torque split with the E-Tense capable of bolting from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 250 km/h.
Inside the E-Tense is furnished with an array of luxury accoutrements, including a one-off timepiece that can be either worn on a wrist strap, or mounted in the dash, made by BRM Chronographers, a helmet harness provided by leather goods manufacturer, Moynat, and a nine-speaker Focal HiFi audio system.
A rear window doesn’t make up part of the E-Tense design, replaced instead with a digital rear vision camera. Similarly, traditional instruments have been replaced by a high definition 12-inch digital handset and 10-inch touchscreen. DS is yet to offer any images of the futuristic interior however.
Unfortunately the E-Tense isn’t earmarked for a production future just yet, rather it stands a statement of the brand’s intent and showcases some of the technologies expected in future DS models.
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