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Citroën/DS plan to make more hot hatches


Citroën has confirmed that a range of high-performance DS models are in the works. Vice president of product development Eric Apode said that more performance variants are being developed, though he wouldn't budge on just what models will receive these hot versions.

The first new performance model is expected to be based around the recently-launched DS4. Most likely, it could use the same 1.6-liter petrol engine as the Peugeot 308 GTI, though in an unknown state of tune.

Further down the line there's a chance that a new two-door coupe will be created by DS and it too could receive a faster and more hardcore derivative.

Apode revealed that the models from DS Performance won't be track-tuned monsters, but retain the comfort required of a DS model. 'In the future we will see performance increase but still with the comfort of a DS car.

Part of DS’s brand identity is ease of use and everyday comfort, so these cars won’t be stripped-out.

They are not track cars', Apode said. Whether these planned hot hatches will filter through to SA, we will have to wait and see, but if Citroën wants to increase its market share and stay competitive in SA, it will have to up its performance.

Article written by Val van der Walt
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