Hold tight. The Citroen DS3 Racing has been given a comprehensive workout by performance specialist Superchips.
Hold tight. The Citroen DS3 Racing has been given a comprehensive workout by performance specialist Superchips. As such, its 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine produces a further 26bhp. So, it now knocks-out a pleasing 230bhp rather than 204bhp. Great stuff. Mechanical maestros have also squeezed more torque under the super-stylish bonnet. Top-end power has therefore been increased by 46Nm, at 3,130rpm.The result of these tweaks is striking, but we are waiting for the official performance report to see how striking. The baseline is the standard DS3 Racing that rockets to 60mph in 6.5 seconds and is capable of a mighty 149mph. These figures should be eclipsed by Superchip's enhanced trim, but the numbers will only tell part of the story. In general terms, increasing torque improves performance throughout the rev-range. It brings cars to life and makes them feel like different animals - even if the pre/post 0-60 times are similar. Superchip's performance enhancements can be fitted to Citroen DS3 Racing cars produced from January 2011. The cost is £455 including 20% VAT. Apparently, when driven 'like-for-like', standard and modified vehicles have the same average fuel consumption. So, expect to return a pleasing 42mpg. Wonder if I can supercharge a 2CV?