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Citroën DS4 – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're still scratching your head trying to figure out what to make of the new Citroën DS4, get ready to be even more confused. Emerging reports from across the pond indicate that the French automaker is preparing a performance version of the premium hatchback/crossover/whats-it in the same vein as the DS3 Racing... only taller. And with a few more doors.

Presumed to be called the DS4 Racing, the high-performance version of the vehicle slated to debut in Paris later this month, will ostensibly target the bigger hot hatches already on the market, like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renaultsport Megane 250.

Performance-oriented trim inside and out – from the two-tone aero kit and upsized wheels to the racing buckets and flat-bottomed steering wheel – will give the DS4 Racing an aggressive attitude, but the real party trick will be sitting under the hood. Citroën is reportedly working on adapting the HYbrid4 through-the-road all-wheel drive system to couple the 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo four from the Peugeot RCZ with an electric boost.

With the DS4 still to be publicly unveiled and the DS3 Racing just hitting the market now, sources don't expect the DS4 Racing to arrive before 2013.

  • art direction : Laurent Nivalle realisation : Laurent Nivalle & Charles-Antoine d'Autichamp Centre de Création Citroën

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great as it is. Sell them in North America please (I know, crying in vain).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how they try to hide the fact that the car is 4-door by concealing the rear doorhandles. I guess the b-pillar doesn't give it away. Why not got without the b-pillar ala the Mercedes CL-class? Or, the easiest, and best looking way: MAKE IT A 2-DOOR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's true , cars from europe are made of the best quality products . That's also the reasson why those are pretty high priced . Cars from asia can't even get close to the european cars .


      But you gotta pay a high price !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Upsized wheels? Doesn't the standard above already have 19s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      See, now this is how you make a sporty hybrid use the high torque electric motor to get you off the line
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... I'm surprised more people aren't taking note...this drive-train set up is what Mitsu wants to do with the next Evo and Ford with the Next RS if I am not mistaken ...couple that with the fact that this car is supposed to have a lot of designed in utility and comfort and it may well be a seriously great car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't be surprised if this one will deliver a fuel economy close to a CR-Z but with 5 real seats, more driving fun and with less people that turn heads just to see how butt ugly is your ride.
      Heck it would be very good even with the regular 150-175hp with PSA beefy 39hp electric motor .
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gorgeous leather seats
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very, very nice!

      BTW, scaled up by 45%, it'd make a fantastic Buick RX-fighter...