Were you aware that Citroen has a luxury division? If you didn’t know that about the French automobile brand, then you’re going to want to acquaint yourself with its line of cars, especially if you’re a fan of electric vehicles. The new DS E-Tense Performance is an electric concept vehicle from Citroen that not only has sensuous curves, but has the potential to outperform other vehicles on the road’s curves as well.
The E-Tense Performance is built on two electric motors that come from the DS Techeetah Formula E race car. That’s right, the same electric motors that took the Techeetah to two championships and are capable of a combined 805 horsepower. Those engines are mounted to the car’s carbon monocoque chassis. Not much is known about the battery, other than it is “housed in a carbon-aluminium composite envelope.”
In case you’re wondering, this isn’t just a fantasy concept car—a vehicle that not only won’t see production but also won’t ever hit the actual pavement. Citroen plans to put the E-Tense concept to the test, putting on a track and running it through the paces.
As for looks, the E-Tense Performance borrows heavily from 2016’s E-Tense concept. The body remains low and beefy, but the headlights have been replaced by cameras. T-shaped LED running lights to provide illumination. Instead of the chrome grille, there’s now a rectangular element done in black and featuring the DS logo in 3D. Vents and intakes are found throughout the body, and the diffuse on the end is very prominent.
Most striking in the looks is the beetle-influenced colour, which actually changes shades depending on how you’re looking at it. It’s unfortunate that this concept isn’t bound for production, but if the E-Tense Performance is any indication of what the future holds for Citroen, then it’s worth keeping an eye on it.