A year after the official launch of the Citroen’s newly established luxury brand, DS Automobiles is unveiling the head-turning DS E-TENSE at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, an electric-powered supercar that silently produces 516Nm of torque, 402hp and zero emissions.
Measuring 4.72m long and 1.29m high, DS’s ambition with the DS E-TENSE is to create a high-performance electric GT car that brings together state-of-the-art technology and avant-garde design.
All those who set eyes on the DS E-TENSE will instantly notice its unique styling, flowing lines and sense of perpetual motion. With the silhouette of a grand tourer coupé emphasised by a central chrome-plated spine and an exclusive metallic green ametrine body colour, the DS E-TENSE evokes one simple desire, and that is to be driven.
DS applied its avant-garde design styling to this vehicle and similar to the Divine DS, removed the rear windscreen at the back, giving the design team a huge amount of freedom to mould its contours and make use of digital rear-view technology.
A unique DS trademark feature, the front and rear lights were the object of scrupulous attention, with the DS LED Vision headlamps that are jewel-like in design. The daytime running lights – picked out as if in beaded stitches, a nod to the world of high fashion – accentuate the car’s expressive gaze. At the rear, the indicators integrated into the roof are inspired by the original DS from 1955. Finally, the light signature’s show-stoppers are the tail lights: equipped with full LED technology and scale-like in design, they seem to spring to life whenever the car is in use, setting the trend for future DS models.
As for the car’s interior, it is an example of the alchemy that occurs when French savoir-faire is combined with superior materials. DS upholsterers took 800 hours to design, test and produce the interior, with particular emphasis on the upgraded watchstrap style design on the seats and dashboard. Other noteworthy features include the cold steel used for the dashboard, creating a futuristic look, and the strongly marked tulip-shape of the steering wheel.
As a Formula E World Championship competitor, DS Automobiles has equipped its latest creation with a 100% electric 402hp engine that produces 516Nm of torque, delivering propulsion that is clean, silent, but above all efficient and powerful. Add the 310km (193 miles) mixed cycle range or 360km (224 miles) urban cycle and the DS
E-TENSE takes its rightful place among the ranks of high-performance GTs. The DS E-TENSE 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 centre of gravity low and enables even torque distribution between the axles.
– Dimensions: 4.72 L x 2.08 W x 1.29 H
– Engine: 100% electric 402hp
– Acceleration: 4.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km
– Range: 360km (urban cycle) or 310km (mixed cycle)
– Maximum torque: 516Nm
– Top speed: 250km/h
– Weight: 1.8 tons
– Tyres: MICHELIN Pilot Supersport Front: 245/35 ZR 20 Back: 305 /30 ZR 20
– 2-wheel drive system
– Carbon monocoque chassis
– Sound: Focal Utopia system, ninz loudspeakers, 640W, with a Digital Signal Processor for tuning