If you're the "there's no replacement for displacement" type, you're probably going to be very surprised to hear about the technical specs of the Citroen DS3 1.6 THP. Although with only 1.6 liters, a tiny turbocharger and direct injection can really do wonders for such a small four cylinder engine.
As you probably know by now, the powerplant is the love child of a PSA Group-BMW marriage. Even though it's quite a bit less powerful than the unit found under the Mini Cooper S' hood, it's still able to provide 150 horsepower and 240 Nm (177 lb ft) of torque to the LSD-less front wheel. Speaking of which, the torque numbers are identical between the two cars, despite the rather huge difference in horsepower.
Apart from the fabulous engine, which perfectly exemplifies what downsizing should be all about, we were almost even more impressed with the six-speed manual transmission. Don't get us wrong, it's nothing spectacular, but for a Citroen is probably extraordinary, especially on a sporty hatch like the DS3.
The gear ratios are close to perfect and there are simply no jolts, no gear misses and therefore no fuss about the six speed. On the whole, despite the C3-based semi-independent rear suspension, the DS3 provides a pretty good technical package. Test drive one before you make any preconceived judgment. Continue reading