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Citroen premieres DS3 Cabrio at Top Gear Live 2012

19th October 2012 Print
Citroen DS3 Cabrio

Alongside a historic display that celebrates 40 years of rally heritage, Citroen’s striking new addition to the DS line, DS3 Cabrio, will be making its UK premiere on the brand’s show stand at Top Gear Live 2012.
Fresh from the model’s official unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, DS3 Cabrio features all the hallmarks and thrills of DS3, with bold styling, sophisticated refinement, extensive personalisation and enjoyable handling, combined with the pleasure of al-fresco driving. Visitors to Top Gear Live will be able to get up close and personal with the new range-topping model ahead of its UK launch in early 2013.
DS3 Cabrio uses intelligent design to make top-down driving considerably easier and more enjoyable. Continuing DS3’s personalisation options, three soft-top roof styles will be available -black, Infinite blue and a DS Monogrammed design. An innovative 3D rear light signature and original tailgate opening action add to the refinements. Injecting fresh modernity into the cabriolet segment, DS3 Cabrio offers drivers an electrically operated roof up to motorway speeds (75 mph); the only adult 5-seater in the class and the largest boot in the class (245 litres).
As the most successful car manufacturer of the World Rally Championship era, Citroen will take guests through 40 years of rallying history to celebrate the champion pedigree of the Brand in motorsport.
On show at the Citroen stand will be one of the most iconic rally cars of all time, a Citroen DS, which dates back to 1972. Joining this classic car and also representing 20th Century Citroen rally craftsmanship will be the ZX Rallye Raid car, which debuted in the early 1990s and enjoyed great success throughout the decade.
Representing the present World Rally Championship contingent, Citroen has lined up the three cars that have taken the Brand to eight manufacturers*’ titles in the past nine years. The 2004 Citroen Xsara WRC will be showcased alongside the 2009 Citroen C4 WRC and the latest championship-winning model – the mighty DS3 WRC that helped Sébastien Loeb & Daniel Elena secure their ninth consecutive World Rally Championship Drivers’ title* with their 75th career victory at Rallye de France earlier this month.
Developed by Citroen Racing and inspired by the WRC, Citroen DS3 Racing will also feature in a new section of the show called ‘Hot Hatch Grudge Match’. The 204hp DS3 with the WRC pedigree will be put to the test around a special 400-metre Top Gear Live track in the hands of professional drivers trying to set the best time against competitor models. The car will be run twice a day on Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Sunday 28 and three times on Saturday 27 October.
Marc Raven, Communications Director at Citroen UK, said; “There’s a lot of exciting Citroen activity at this year’s Top Gear Live with a few more surprises still in store. One of the most established and thrilling events for automotive fans, Top Gear Live is the perfect showcase for the UK debut of DS3 Cabrio – a model we’re very excited about – and it’s also a great opportunity to really put DS3 Racing through its paces.”
Top Gear Live takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 25-28 October 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
*Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA

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Citroen DS3 Cabrio