Geneva 2012: Citroen

  • DS4 Racing's 1.6-litre engine pumps out 265bhp
  • Impressively low CO2 emissions of 155g/km
  • Lowered chassis, wider track, two-tone roof

Citroen has the DS3 Racing, and soon it’ll add the DS4 Racing to its line-up. 

This new concept is a clear pointer to stunning hot hatch that is expected to be launched in 2013.

Parkers Pick – Citroen DS4 Racing

  • What is it? It’s another pumped-up version of a hatchback that is sure to attract adults in their 40s who want to hark back to their ‘boy racer’ days.
  • Vital stats and facts: Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that pumps out a mighty 256bhp but, impressively, CO2 emissions of just 155g/km. The DS4 Racing has a lowered chassis, wider track, more powerful brakes and larger wheels and it comes with unique matt grey paintwork, two-tone roof and two-tone wheels. It also features a carbon fibre air diffuser, front splitter and wheel arch extensions. Brakes feature fixed four-piston callipers at the front together with special 380mm diameter discs. The concept is also fitted with 19-inch wheels and 235/40 tyres. See sister title Car Magazine’s view of the DS4 Racing.
  • Why would you buy it? Because it looks like a lot of fun and, if the DS3 Racing is anything to go by, you’ll not be able to resist what is another startling hot hatch.
  • Why wouldn’t you? Like the DS3 Racing the massive amounts of torque steer will make it a huge handful. It’s not particularly good value either.
  • Prices and launch date: Expect it to be around £26-27,000 and it should make an appearance 2013.  

What else is on the stand?

The C4 Aircross was also on display at the company’s stand. The compact off-roader, which is about the same length as a Ford Focus, will be available with two- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models will come with the option to change settings from two- to four-wheel drive and lock. The 115 HDi model, in two-wheel drive guise, will emit just 119g/km meaning no road tax in the first year and £30 per year thereafter. It also comes with a potential 442 litres of luggage room.

There’s a selection of standard cars that haven’t been tinkered with by Citroën Racing, Citroën’s seven-time WRC-winning motorsports division.

For more on the Geneva Motor Show 2012 click here.