The Citroen DS3 Racing, which formed the based for the Peugeot 208 GTi, is in almost every respect just as good as the Lion-badged model, with different styling and a more exclusive badge. However, what the 208 doesn’t have in the range is a two-door model with a retractable soft top, like that of the DS3 Cabrio or Fiat 500C.
Now, Citroen has combined the DS3 Cabrio with the DS3 Racing, thus creating the DS3 Cabrio Racing concept, a one-off model which is set to make its official debut in the metal, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from July 12 to 14. With a self-explanatory name like that, the concept is exactly what you’d expect it to be…
It gets the same 1.6-liter engine used in the regular DS3 Racing and the 208 GTi, and despite giving the driver the option to drive with the top rolled back, only around 25 kg (55 lbs) of extra weight have been added. This means the difference in performance will be almost imperceptible.
Still, Citroen is saying that there is a bit more to this car than first meets the eye. Firstly, they want to draw our attention to the large 19-inch rims, the new-design “watchstrap” sports seats (which look great) and plusher inside trim, which aim to make this car “an expression of custom-built excellence, radical choices and sophistication in every detail.”
The concept is also set to be displayed at the Frankfurt auto show later this year, where we’ll get a better look at it and hopefully have some nice live photos to check out (as well as an answer to the question of it entering production or not).
Goodwood will most likely bring us several videos of the car. Speaking of videos, Citroen made one of their very own, featuring the Cabrio Racing concept, which you can watch below.
By Andrei Nedelea