The New DS 3 range now includes a powerful and dynamic DS 3 Performance version, and Perrys motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, was in Saint Tropez at the hot supermini’s launch.
The DS 3 Performance offers a winning catalogue of hot-hatch ingredients. It’s got loads of traction, it’s quick off the blocks and it’s nimble, but it also manages to have enough etiquette to be used as an every day car. Indeed, on a closed-off twisty French road, the DS 3 entertained like Robby Williams in his prime. Body control is stiff, the steering is sharp and the car provides a real sense of excitement.
Eric Apode, Products and Development Director, DS Automobiles, says: “The Performance model is the dynamic and distinctive version of the New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio. It features all the qualities of these latest models and takes them to new, previously unattained levels. Powerful and refined, it brings drivers incomparable at-the-wheel thrills and all new styling, while retaining all the DNA of DS cars.”
The hot-hatch gets Peugeot-Citroen’s 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine – producing 205bhp and 300Nm of pulling power. Zero to 60mph can be done in 6.5 seconds and the top speed is 143mph. The New DS 3 Performance also comes, as standard, with a Torsen limited slip differential for outstanding road-holding and handling.
For even more agility, the suspension has been lowered by 15mm and the front and rear tracks have been widened (by 26mm and 14mm respectively). The New DS 3 Performance model is also fitted with larger 323mm brake discs at the front (with special Brembo calipers), and 249mm discs at the rear.
Naturally, style is also high on the list of priorities. Some components have been redesigned to showcase and underline the vehicle’s dynamic qualities at first glance: a special twin tailpipe, carbon side mouldings, a new sill plate design and Matt Black wheel arch extensions. Not forgetting the vehicle interior, inside there are leather and Alcantara upholstered bucket seats, with special DS Performance embroidery.
Offering a number of personalisation possibilities, customers can choose from four body colours (Polar White, Shark Grey, Perla Nera Black or Sport Red), two roof colours for the hatchback (white or black) and special DS Performance graphics.
The £20,495 DS 3 Performance supermini has a new seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, a DAB radio, climate control xenon headlamps, auto lights and wipers.