Spy photos of the Citroen DS3-R have emerged showing off the French automaker's potential street legal version of their next rally car. Details and pics inside.
Spy photos of the upcoming Citroen DS3-R have surfaced before its official debut. The car is now expected to get a debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
In photos apparently taken at Citroen HQ, and later posted to several Peugeot forum sites, we get a clear look at the upcoming competitor to the Mitsubishi Lancer and Subaru Impreza. The black-and-orange hot hatch is expected to be the street-legal version of Citroen's next rally car when the C4 is retired from racing after the 2010 WRC season.
These pictures show a car that looks to be almost production-ready, with a black honeycomb grille ringed in orange, and chrome detailing on the mirrors and door handles. We do see evidence of a front splitter, and a rear overhang spoiler. Sadly, no clear rear photos have emerged.
Speculative reports suggest the car will have a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing up to 210 hp (157 kW). The engine could be mated to a six-speed manual transmission getting the car from standstill-to-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. This is nowhere near the stock 276 hp (205.9 kW / 280 PS) of the Evo X, or the 305 hp (227 kW / 309 PS) of the STi.
We're hoping the French automaker offers a high-performance version of the car. With these photos falling from the sky, look for Citroen to release official information about the DS3-R shortly.