2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The DS4 Racing is billed as a concept, but look for it soon in production in Europe.
- The DS4 Racing was developed by Citroen Racing, the company's motorsports arm and architect of seven WRC titles.
- The concept features a lowered chassis, wider track, bigger brakes, larger wheels and a more potent 256-horspower engine.
GENEVA — Citroen Racing has had the magic touch in motorsports, as the architect of seven World Rally Championship titles. The French automaker's performance arm brings some of that alchemy to the DS4 Racing concept that debuts shortly at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
As with its smaller sibling, the DS3 Racing, the DS4 Racing builds on the production platform, stretching the basic hot-hatch concept to extremes.
Citroen Racing has modified the DS4's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to produce 256 horsepower, while returning exceptional fuel economy and emitting relatively low amounts of CO2.
The DS4 chassis has been lowered by 1.4 inches and the track widened by 2.2 inches in front and 3.0 inches in the rear. The car gets larger brakes, as well as 235/40R19 performance tires.
An aero body kit consists of carbon-fiber front splitter, wheel-arch extensions and diffuser. The exterior is finished in textured matte-gray paint, with a two-tone roof and wheels.
Edmunds.com says: Yet another French mini-rocket that might win favor on these shores.