Citroen’s DS3 has just been unveiled locally – we were invited to sample it in Gauteng. And sample it we did – it’s a stunner. Quick too – with 110kW and 240Nm on tap from its 1.6 turbo charged motor (shared with the Mini Cooper) the DS3 is capable of a 7.3 second sprint to 100kph, and onward to a top speed of 214kph. A proven suspension setup – Macpherson struts upfront, torsion beams at the rear provides the platform for the DS3’s assault on the Magaliesberg region. It even sounds the part thanks to a bassy turbo whoop exiting the exhaust pipes. But it must be said the feather in its beret has to be those drop dead aesthetics. A shark-fin C-pillar, floating roof, meaty two tone alloys and bedazzling led lamps serving as running lights means you’ll see it before you hear it. It’s proper tough-looking and is set to mix it up aggressively with the likes of Mini and the looming Audi A1 www.topcar.co.za/news-articles/audi-reveals-a1 in the soon to erupt premium B segment. Watch this space.
DS3 Style R199 000
DS3 Style Design Pack R209 500
DS3 Style Techno Pack R211 000
DS3 Sport R255 000
This is Citroen’s electric city car challenger, and yes, you have seen it before. Like its Peugeot i0n twin, the C-Zero is a rebadged Mitsubishi i-Miev, due for European launch in the last quarter of 2010. A quick tech review reveals a 47kW/180Nm permanent magnet synchronous motor driving the rear wheels via a single-speed reduction gear. The motor itself is powered by a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery system, fully rechargeable in six hours. Silent acceleration, from 0 to 100kph takes just 15 seconds and the 3.5m long, four-seater electromite tops out at 130kph. Citroen claims an EU combined cycle range of 130km.