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Citroën’s topless fashionista

17.05.2013

CITROEN is particularly proud of the DS designation and what it’s done for the brand in terms of re-energising its public persona and helping it on the sales front.

There have already been three DS insignia models and after a recent trip to Cape Town, we would like to introduce the new chapter in the line-up - the DS3 Cabrio.

Hailing from the fashion capital of the world, this French beauty shares many a similar trait to its DS3 sibling, except that it isn’t shy to lose its top.

Yes, the DS3 Cabrio is still inherently the real DS3, sporting the same bold styling choices and refinement that made it such an eye-catching vehicle when it was launched in 2010.

Now Citroën have introduced the Cabrio derivative, which, besides sporting the soft-top roof, also sports reworked rear taillights to give them a 3D appearance as well as changing the boot to accommodate the reclining roof.

Available in three colour options, the soft-top roofs are fitted in either black, Infini Blue or DS Monogramme.

However, driving this car with its sporty prowess and the beautiful view of Cape Town as your backdrop, you quickly realise that this car is best enjoyed with the top down. Luckily this can be done by a mere touch of a button on the roof. And if you think you have to slow down to get the roof to recline, you would be mistaken, because as Citroën pointed out, you can lower the roof at speeds of 120km/h. Rather easy-going.

There is one flaw, however. When the roof is down (and I mean completely down) you may as well not even bother using your review mirror because you won’t see anything as the roof has stacked itself right in your peripheral view.

But don’t fear, because Citroën has fitted the Cabrio with reverse parking sensors for this very reason. So should you need to reverse the car into those tight parking spots at the mall, the park assist system will be there to beep when you come close to an object.

While the DS3 Cabrio has retained the same dimensions and size of its sister, the boot will now only boast 245 litres, still the largest in its category though.

Available with three engine options, the VTi82 is equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol powertrain, which has 60kW of power and 118Nm of torque. The slightly feistier VTi120 boasts 88kW and 160Nm, while the big daddy in the petite line-up, the VTi160 has 115kW of power and 240Nm of torque.

The DS3 Cabrio delivers all the same driving pleasure as the DS3 and the fit and finish is also top-notch. With three spec levels available - Design, Style and Sport pack - customers can personalise and customise their DS to suit their lifestyles. These packs include everything from Bluetooth connectivity to chrome finish. One disappointment however, is the fact that the entry-level vehicle doesn’t have air conditioning as standard.

The DS3 Cabrio comes with a 3-year/100 000km manufacturer warranty and a 4-year/60 000km service plan.

Pricing:

DS3 Cabrio VTi 82 Design   R219 900
DS3 Cabrio VTi 120 Style Manual R258 900
DS3 Cabrio THP 155 Sport Manual R291 900

 

Article written by Stuart Moir
17.05.2013
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