DS Automobiles’ latest concept car is actually an old one. In 2016, theof French automaker Citroën unveiled the stunning , a low-slung sports car with a 402-horsepower electric powertrain. Now six years later the brand has revealed the E-Tense Performance, an updated version of the 2016 car with updated styling and powertrain tech derived from DS’ race car.
The majority of the design changes are at the front, bringing the car in line with DS’ current design language. A rectangular grille panel features a lit-up, three-dimensional DS logo and is flanked by super thin, angular headlights that are made of 800 LEDs. The hood has a couple of additional vents and the Performance has new aerodynamic 21-inch wheels, but otherwise the rest of the E-Tense’s design is identical to the original concept. DS did paint the E-Tense Performance in an amazing pearlescent green color that was inspired by beetles, with a number of gloss black accents.
Underneath the lovely body are the real goods. The E-Tense Performance uses a carbon-fiber monocoque with a fully electric drivetrain nabbed from the Formula E car. Developed by the DS Performance arm of the brand, the E-Tense’s dual electric motors put out a total of 815 horsepower, double what the 2016 concept had and three times what the actual race car makes. While DS doesn’t give any performance figures, it says the all-wheel-drive E-Tense Performance can achieve up to 600kW of regeneration under braking.
DS also didn’t give a size for the battery pack, but the brand says it’s housed in a carbon-aluminum composite structure near the rear of the car, giving it optimal weight distribution and a mid-engine character. The pack was jointly developed by TotalEnergies and Saft, and it uses a new “immersive” cooling system for the battery cells.
Maybe most exciting is the fact that the DS E-Tense Performance isn’t a pie-in-the-sky concept, it’s an actual drivable prototype. Later this month the car will be put to the test by Formula E champions Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Éric Vergne both on public road and race tracks, after which true performance data will be revealed. DS also says the development of the E-Tense Performance will directly impact its future EV production cars, which could mean good things for what comes to the US from parent company Stellantis.