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by Brett Davis

The Citroen DS4 Racing concept has been revealed ahead of its Geneva motor show debut next week. The concept follows in the footsteps of the DS3 Racing – a vehicle not sold in Australia due to its non-compliance with Australian Design Rule regulations – offering a distinct performance theme.

Everything from the interior layout, engine and drivetrain, to the exterior design has been honed to the performance philosophy of Citroen DS Racing vehicles. Citroen says the concept has been made with “100 per cent Racing attributes”.

From the outside, the DS4 Racing concept showcases an aggressive, almost WRC-style body with pumped wheel arches adding 55mm to the front width and 75mm to the rear. The Racing is also 35mm lower than the normal DS4.

Further supporting the muscular theme is a set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235 tyres. These hide high-performance 380mm front disc brakes which are clamped by four-piston calipers.

Power for the sporty hatch comes from a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 191kW of power. Citroen says that despite the performance, emissions are rated at just 155g of CO2/km, equating to combined cycle fuel consumption of approximately 6.5 litres per 100km.

Citroen is yet to confirm production of the DS4 Racing, however it is expected to hit European markets some time next year. The standard Citroen DS4 range went on sale in Australia last week, with prices ranging from $35,990 to $39,990 before on-road costs.




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