DS3 Performance Cabrio - The racing baguette

The Performance-DS is consistently sprung and a felt-thin rubber layer was applied to the 18-inch rims

Small, agile, fast: there are not so many high-performing fun makers in the B segment. If a Polo GTI is too reasonable for you Opel Corsa OPC is too normal, it will soon have another alternative. DS is also bringing a very sporty version of its DS3 small car to Germany. The special thing about it: the French plant the 1,6-liter turbo gasoline engine not only in the sedan, but also in the version with a folding roof convertible. The sun sprinter, which costs almost 29.450 euros, will be launched on the market in late summer, just like its counterpart. We have already dared to ride the DS3 Performance Cabrio.

However, in advance: A convertible in the narrower - i.e. German - sense is not the two-door car. But at the push of a button, a large piece of heaven opens up to the occupants. If you are looking for wind, you will rather reap silence, because you sit well protected with the windows closed. For this, the DS3 is openly usable even in cooler weather.

The French are planting the 1,6-liter turbo gasoline engine not only in the sedan, but also in the version with a folding roof convertible
The French are planting the 1,6-liter turbo gasoline engine not only in the sedan, but also in the version with a folding roof convertible

But the Webasto roof has been around for a long time. What is new, on the other hand, is the performance line, which should become something like OPC at Opel at DS: just a special variant in terms of performance, optics and equipment. In the five-seater (!) Works a 1,6-liter turbo, which brings it to 208 horsepower. The four-cylinder catapults the small car, which does not weigh 1,3 tons, to 6,7 km / h in 100 seconds and up to 230 km / h.

Is it fun? And whether that's fun. However, a healthy back is an essential prerequisite for enjoyment. Because the Performance-DS is sprung consistently and on the 18-inch rims a felt-thin rubber layer was applied. You can feel the road even on relatively new asphalt. But what exactly is this vehicle about? Just. The performance version as a convertible opens up an additional dimension - namely that of enjoyment. There is the 2.500 euros extra money well spent.

The DS3 Performance Cabrio comes with almost complete equipment for 29.490 euros
The DS3 Performance Cabrio comes with almost complete equipment for 29.490 euros

The DS3 is actually quite an old car, the market launch in Germany was in 2010 - back then as Citroen DS3 - in 2013 there was a revision. Visually, the model range has remained surprisingly fresh despite its exalted design, which usually ages faster. The new top version also received a portion of Botox: 18-inch rims, two-tone paint, roof spoiler and bucket seats - a real makeover for the car - and its driver.

But it doesn't stop at the look: a Torsen limited slip differential, Brembo brakes, wheel spacers and lowering ensure that the lush performance and up to 300 Nm of torque are brought safely and, above all, sportily to the road. So the actually rather soft DS3 has undergone a very nice transformation - from the French city lifestyle artist to the crisp racing baguette, which can compete with racing rolls of German provenance.

Well, the six-speed gearshift should be a bit more precise and the chassis may not be suitable for everyday use. But whatever? Otherwise the French are always accused of not being sporty enough. You can hardly blame the performance for its consequence.

One or the other will remember the special racing models of the DS3 in this context. They were similarly powerful, but much more inspired by racing, a little faster, but also swallowed more fuel and were significantly more expensive.

The DS3 Performance Cabrio comes with almost complete equipment for 29.490 euros
The DS3 Performance Cabrio comes with almost complete equipment for 29.490 euros

The DS3 Performance Cabrio comes with almost complete equipment for 29.490 euros, whoever wants can still spend some money on paint and navigation. The city emergency brake assistance (400 euros) and the rear view camera / parking aid in front (500 euros) would still be a sensible additional investment.

Who is now attached should react quickly or set up waiting times. The number of pieces is not limited, but the individual production limits the possible number. The DS3 Performance as a sedan or convertible will remain a rare guest on German roads. One more reason to enjoy the sight. And if you want to buy: Off to the dealer - and from there to back exercises. (Peter Eck / SP-X)

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