DS Automobiles, Citroën’s luxury brand spin-off, will introduce the high-performance electric GT concept DS E-TENSE at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week.
A Formula E World Championship competitor in partnership with Virgin (DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team), DS Automobiles has equipped the DS E-TENSE with a 300 kW (402 hp) motor that produces 516 N·m (380 lb-ft) torque. Mixed EU cycle range is 310 km (193 miles) or 360 km (224 miles) on the urban cycle. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 53 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is situated under the car’s chassis, which keeps the center of gravity low and enables even torque distribution between the axles.
The two-seater monocoque chassis is manufactured from carbon fibre and equipped with independent superimposed double wishbone suspension. The streamlined silhouette, the carbon fibre diffuser and the flat underbody all contribute significantly to its aerodynamic performance.
Specially developed Michelin tires are able to sustain the high torque electric powertrain, and deliver a safe and comfortable drive even at top speeds.
The DS Automobiles brand has sold more than 600,000 vehicles since launch.