• Latest concept points towards new Citroen hot hatch
• 256bhp from a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine
• Developed by Citroen Racing

This is the Citroen DS4 Racing Concept, a reworked version of the DS4 hatchback that is being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Developed by Citroen Racing – the French manufacturer’s racing division and World Rally Championship dominators – the DS4 Racing is a lot more than a simple exterior re-styling.

It uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine which develops 256bhp. This is a specific output of 160bhp per litre – a record for a Citroen production car. Despite the power on offer, CO2 emissions stay at a reasonable 155g/km.

The DS4 chassis has been altered to improve handling. The DS4 Racing rides 35mm lower and has much wider axles. The wheels have also been changed to 19-inch items and wear wider 235 section tyres. Larger brakes with four-piston callipers ensure it has the stopping power to match its grunt.

Alongside the dynamic benefits, the chassis modifications, alongside new carbon-fibre body addenda, give the DS4 Racing an aggressive, ground-hugging stance, worlds away from the MPV-aping standard model.

The Concept is to be unveiled wearing a unique matt grey paint scheme, with a two-tone finish to the roof and wheels.

The DS4 Racing Concept continues the trend of manufacturers announcing thinly veiled production cars as concept models, meaning a customer version is likely to make it into showrooms without many drastic alterations.

By Daljinder Nagra

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