Citroën DS3 Racing Cabrio – Ultra limited, ultra expensive

Citroën’s DS3 hatchback has been something of a runaway success for a firm that had struggled for many years to find an identity. With over 48,000 sold in the UK, as a nation we seem to love them. But just how much would you pay for one?

Citroen DS3 Racing Cabrio 004

£29,035. That’s the big figure right there to get it out the way with. Yes, this is a £29k supermini with no roof; quite clearly the green shoots of economic recovery are turning into a full on lawn, with this now being offered. Citroën is at pains to point out that this is no ordinary DS3, and that its specialness extends to more than just that eye-popping price.

Citroen DS3 Racing Cabrio 002

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a DS3 Racing. Back in 2011 Citroën popped out the DS3 Racing hatchback in order to homologate its WRC rally car. It only brought 200 of them to the UK at price of £23,100; a premium of £6,000 over the THP 155 Dsport model. (more…)

2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Photo Highlights

EngageSportMode couldn’t be at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show but, fortunately, it knows some people who are. So with the press days now out of the way, what are some of the highlights from the 2013 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung?

Below are some of the stand out new cars announced at this year’s show. Some are purely concept cars to set new directions and garner interest, whilst others are production ready. Click the photo for bigger images.


Only in France…

…would they eat snails.

There’s probably actually other countries that hold escargot in such high regard, but for the purposes of this blog it’s all about the French.

This week the back windscreen on my girlfriend’s Citroen C2 shattered for no apparent reason. Perhaps she slammed it too hard, perhaps the ice cracked it, perhaps it was attacked by an errant weasel. Who knows. The end result being it needed a new piece of solid sand.

Being a “sporty” model, her car was fitted with a rear spoiler. Which, it turns out, was bolted through the window! Not attached to the roof, not attached to the rear hatch but to the actual piece of glass itself. Replacement glass with said holes are apparently rarer than a Felipe Massa victory, so the little C2 is now sans-spoiler.

Seriously, only in France.