Interest in Citroen DS3 Racing rockets

It’s no secret that we love the Citroen DS3. When the French manufacturer announced it was reviving the DS line of cars with a DS3, DS4 and DS5, we were intrigued and perhaps a little sceptical.

However, the DS3 has delivered in style. The premium supermini is one of the best news cars in 2010, combining stylish, head-turning looks with a vast array of customisable options, a good drive (as described by our Citroen DS3 review) and a premium feel not always seen on supermini-sized models.

So you can imagine our excitement as we anticipate the release of the Citroen DS3 Racing, a hot hatch version of the supermini fitted with a 1.6-litre THP engine developing 204bhp – 50bhp more than the standard DS3 – and capable of reaching 62mph from standing in just 6.5 seconds.

The car features stiffer suspension, updated steering, lower ride height and special disc-brakes. Not to mention the exterior styling changes to give the DS3 Racing a more dynamic and sporty feel.

Initially, a striking black and orange version was showcased by Citroen, but now more images have been released courtesy of CAR magazine. To view the latest images of the DS3 Racing, you can see them here.

What’s more, Citroen has revealed the car is expected to sell out after receiving unprecedented interest in the UK from buyers. Despite only arriving next year and with prices expected to be higher than the likes of the RenaultSport Clio, the popularity of the DS3 Racing has not been diminished.

Only 1,000 models will be built in total, and with estimates of over 1,500 expressions of interest, plenty of people are set to miss out on the DS3 Racing.

While the 2010 Citroen DS3 has wowed us this year, and will take some beating as the most exciting model to be released this year, the DS3 Racing is expected to light up 2011 in all its hot hatch glory.

Expect the DS4 and DS5 to be equally impressive, as well as a possible DS3 convertible. With the addition of the DS3 Racing, Citroen has introduced the start of new era for the manufacturer as a maker of premium, customisable and above all else, desirable cars.