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For the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, Citroen is showcasing the DS 5LS R concept car, an all-new and unique version of the DS 5LS. Emphasizing power and made from top-quality materials, the Citroen DS SLS R follows the footsteps of the DS3 Cabrio Racing and DS4 Racing concept cars. (click to enlarge)

The DS 5LS R concept car, based on the DS 5LS production variant introduced in China not long ago, stands out with its powerful body styling that points to the sculptural and “DS Wings” grille. Additionally, the Concept possesses the athletic character of the production variant DS 5LS, with the svelte curves of the on-the-road variant.

Citroen DS 5LS Concept is a nod to the French marque’s WRC commitment with the DS3 Rally car

In a nod to the Brand’s WRC commitment with the DS3 Racing, the sportiness of the DS 5LS R is underpinned above all by a 1.6-liter turbo engine that develops 300 bhp and torque of 400 Nm. The chassis is 15 mm lower than the production variant’s and the concept car boasts wider front tracks. It is equipped with a sequential gearbox controlled by steering-wheel paddles. High-precision development work also went in to the chassis, brakes and suspension, while the focus on performance is visually underscored by components including an air vent, a bumper panel and a lower body panel in real carbon.

Faithful to the DS spirit of innovation and the search for the finest materials, the DS 5LS R makes a spectacular first impression with its anodised carmine red paint with a matte and metallic finish that sublimates the concept car’s sporty body styling. Wide side strips in matte carbon grey on the front doors underline the concept car’s belonging to the “R” range of sports cars, alongside the DS3 Cabrio Racing. The “R” signature features above the grille, at the rear and on the side of the car.

A true concentrate of technology, the DS 5LS R is fit with real carbon components including the side signature that extends from the windows to the boot, cutting through the quarter panel with a subtly drawn shark fin. The DS Wings grille is in carbon grey. The athletic nature of the beast is emphasized by the 20-inch wheels, cut from the block, sculpturally designed and carbon-colored to match the polished aluminium on the exterior and the touches of carmine red.

Citroen DS 5LS R Concept Car takes up premium interior, with performance sentiments

The focus inside the DS 5LS R is squarely on premium materials. The cabin is fully lined with leather and alcantara, including on the dashboard and steering wheel. The DS identity is omnipresent, with a fresh, three-fabric take on the watchstrap upholstery combining aniline full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and alcantara. The seats, dashboard, upper door panels and central armrest are finished with pearl top-stitching in carmine red.

The idea of performance plays a central role in the DS 5LS R cabin, as seen in the chronometer on the central console and the steering wheel with its carmine red centre and “R” signature. And for an extra dose of athleticism, the interior includes real carbon touches, on the steering wheel, door panels and door handles, together with carmine red inserts in the air vents.

Edited: Citroen