Wide, chunky, low-down and matte gray. There aren't many things for which we'd consider that a flattering descriptive, but the Citroën DS4 Racing concept is just such a thing.

Developed by Citroën Racing and a step up from the DS3 Racing limited edition, it's 35 millimeters lower, 55-mm wider than the production car and sits on two-tone wheels hiding massive brakes. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 256 horsepower.

Galleries of high-res photos are above and below, along with the official press release.
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- Citroën to debut new DS4 Racing concept at the Geneva Motor Show
- Developed by Citroën Racing, Citroën's seven-time WRC winning motorsports division
- 256bhp & CO2 emissions of just 155g/km
- Lowered chassis, wider track, more powerful brakes & larger wheels
- Unique matt grey paintwork, two-tone roof & two-tone wheels

(24/02/12) -- Having sold more than 180,000 examples worldwide, Citroën is continuing to evolve the DS line with the unveiling of a new concept at the Geneva Motor Show - Citroën DS4 Racing.

As with DS3 Racing, Citroën Racing's engineers have taken their multi WRC winning expertise and put their unique stamp on Citroën DS4 to create this hot blooded new concept.

The DS4 Racing concept features new carbon fibre components including an air diffuser, front splitter and wheel arch extensions. The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, developed by Citroën Racing, provides up to 256bhp (160bhp per litre), which is a record for a Citroën series production car. This spectacular performance is accompanied by CO2 emissions of just 155g/km.

Citroën Racing's engineers have modified the chassis and running gear with the utmost precision. The chassis has been lowered by 35mm and the track widened by 55mm at the front and 75mm at the rear. The braking system boasts fixed four-piston callipers at the front together with special 380mm diameter discs. The concept is also fitted with larger diameter 19-inch wheels and 235/40 tyres.

Another stand out feature of the DS4 Racing concept is the textured-effect matt grey paint, which catches the light to further enhance the lines of the car. The colour is stylish and modern, ideal for a sports car. Further exterior refinements include a two-tone roof and two-tone wheels with a special DS4 Racing design.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      So Ford makes 177hp with a 1.6, the french make 256. Hum
      • 3 Years Ago
      why tempt us if there is zero chance of getting it in america...
        • 3 Years Ago
        maybe autoblog doesn't have only North American readers ?
          • 3 Years Ago
          Doesn't make it any less painful though
          • 3 Years Ago
          yeah I personally look forward to driving it down here in Oz in the near future :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      These here are the real Hot Hatches that would take off here in the states. Not that ugly fiat thing. Get this and the Astra here ASAP with as much or more power, and my check book is waiting.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Build it Citroen!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope it will look the same in real life!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thing is, Citroen has this model for some time, long before Hyundai's Veloster. And many cars do look alike because of trends in industry. I would definitively like to have this car, cause even the normal DS4 looks great and fun to be driven, this thing should be awesome. @Josh: Ford makes also great WRC hatches I think.Just wait for their version. Anyway I can't wait weekend to go to Geneva Car show. It's funny reading American site about the car show that happens in my city. :-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sure about that? I believe the DS4 isn't out yet, or just. You're thinking of the DS3.
          • 3 Years Ago
          DS4 is out for about a year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing coincidence just how much the Veloster resembles the DS4 and vice-versa. I wonder if one influenced the other.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to Autoblog here for the historical reference. Roman history nut here, so I still think of them all as Gauls. :)
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