DS Automobiles (Citroën) Announces DS E-TENSE Electric Supercar – Video

2 years ago by Mark Kane 19

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS Automobiles (the luxury vehicle division of Citroën that evolved separate of the brand in 2014) announced its first pure electric supercar, the DS E-TENSE for debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The two-seater looks marvelous, and with some 402hp (around 300 kW) and 516 Nm of torque on board, it will be also pretty quick. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) comes up in 4.5 seconds.

There is no data about size of the lithium-ion battery, which is hidden beneath the floor, but DS states an expected 310 km (193 miles) mixed cycle range, and a 360 km or 224 miles range in an urban cycle. As such, we are guessing around a 50 kWh battery

Whether or not DS Automobiles ultimately will introduce a production electric model on the market remains unknown. For now it’s head-turning concept.

“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.”

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

Press release:

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE

DS E-TENSE: A UNIQUE, ELECTRIFYING, HIGH-PERFORMANCE VEHICLE FOR THE FUTURE

DS Automobiles will once again cause a stir with a unique Supercar when the avant-garde brand unveils DS E-TENSE at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. The electric-powered car’s luxury craftsmanship and cutting edge technologies will make it noteworthy not just for its striking appearance, but also for its hi-tech capability and exceptional performance.

It will perfectly encapsulate the brands stylistic and technological vision, and point towards DS’s future with its high-performance electric powertrain.

A year after the official launch of the 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.

Avant-garde design meets cutting-edge technology

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.

DS joins forces with leading French luxury brands

To raise this interior to new heights of sophistication, bespoke accessories have been created in collaboration with French luxury brands – products born of skills that embody the DS values in every respect.

A helmet harness by Moynat

The artistic director of Moynat came up with this unique object by drawing inspiration from the Y-shaped straps that used to secure the trunk, thus holding the spare tyre to the back of an automobile. The harness consists of two main handles made of natural calfskin with a staining that will become deeper and more lustrous with age. Inside, there is a supple leather pouch. Entirely hand-made by highly skilled craftsman, the harness seamlessly perpetuates the venerable tradition of French fine leather goods. Its function is multipurpose: it can be fastened securely to the driver’s seat in such a way that absolute safety is guaranteed, but it can also be removed and has been designed to carry a helmet in a practical yet elegant way, so doubles as a bag about town.

A one-off edition watch by BRM Chronographers

Watchmaking technology is refined to its very essence in this timepiece specifically designed for the driver of the DS E-TENSE. It can be worn on the wrist or affixed to the car’s central console. The case is angled at 90° so that the time is viewable while driving.

A first-class audio system by Focal

A silent car doesn’t mean that sound is not a crucial consideration. For an exclusive experience, 9 Focal Utopia high-fidelity loudspeakers transform the interior of the DS E-TENSE into an auditorium to satisfy the most demanding listeners. Top-of-the-range speakers utilising highly sophisticated technology are a reflection of the car itself.

DS has taken an unprecedented approach in choosing to build partnerships with companies rarely seen on the automotive stage.

Advanced technological solutions working together

A high-performance electric car

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 mixed cycle range (or 360km urban cycle) and the DS E-TENSE takes its rightful place among the ranks of high-performance GTs.

The lithium-ion batteries are situated under the car’s chassis, which keeps the centre of gravity low and enables even torque distribution between the axles.

Features developed using parametric design

Following close behind the DS 4 Concept, it was the DS E-TENSE’s turn to see certain elements take shape through the use of an innovative and avant-garde design method. Already established in couture and architecture spheres, parametric tools enable surface and volume to be generated in a unique way.

There is no better example of this than the DS E-TENSE’s dashboard, sculpted to futuristic effect. Likewise the radiator grille at the front, also a product of parametric design but here used in conjunction with 3D printing.

Making the move from DS LED VISION to DS ACTIVE LED VISION

A concept car represents a road map for the future. The DS E-TENSE takes DS LED Vision – a hallmark of all current DS vehicles – to the next level, making it active. All the LED modules are worked into the design in a way that a jeweller or watchmaker would practice their craft. They now rotate at 180°. Furthermore there is a welcome mode for the driver, and most importantly new features including a high-way function for motorway driving and a weather function that widens the beam in rain, snow and fog. DS ACTIVE LED VISION pushes back the outer edges of darkness for an ultimately safe drive.

State-of-the-art technology, evidence of remarkable attention to detail

The car presents other examples of the latest technology, such as digital rear vision that works with the camera at the back, or the innovative “clean cabin” filtration system that works with the air conditioning to provide active protection for passengers. The system continuously identifies, analyses and filters exterior pollutants in order to purify the air in the cabin.

AUTOMOTIVE PASSION MEETS HIGH-TECH EFFICIENCY

A unique creation, for people who want to give free rein to their passion for cars, without compromising on driveability or performance… this is what DS E-TENSE represents.

The two-seater monocoque chassis is manufactured from carbon fibre and equipped with independent superimposed double wishbone suspension. As the batteries are located beneath the floor, the centre of gravity is low, allowing the car to handle with rigour, precision and verve, all in total safety (especially given the even torque distribution between the axles). Meanwhile, the streamlined silhouette, the carbon fibre diffuser and the flat underbody all contribute significantly to its aerodynamic performance. The specially developed Michelin tyres (able to sustain the high torque electric powertrain) are also noteworthy for the safe and comfortable drive they guarantee, even at top speeds.

This safety and comfort is facilitated by high-definition digital instrumentation: a 12-inch digital handset is coupled with a 10-inch touchscreen. The ergonomic design of the controls is efficient and intuitive, thanks to an electronic system developed in collaboration with Coyote.

TECHNICAL DATA

  • 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

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19 responses to "DS Automobiles (Citroën) Announces DS E-TENSE Electric Supercar – Video"

  1. Aaron says:

    0-62 in 4.5 seconds is a “supercar”? My buddy’s Charger Scat Pack can do 0-60 that fast, let alone a Hellcat…

    1. PVH says:

      Have you driven through France ? There is no use for brutal power over there. Hardly a straight line. Those roads were traced 2000 years ago. If you come with a car wich is good in a straight line best is to keep it in your living room.

      1. Aaron says:

        That’s not the point. My point is this is a sports car, NOT a super car. There is no point to driving 200 MPH through the US, either, or for ANY country really, but that doesn’t stop manufacturers from making cars capable of that speed.

  2. evcarnut says:

    It’s a French Super car. l o l

    1. offib says:

      Bugatti

  3. AddLightness says:

    Looks like a Lexus NSX.

  4. Josh says:

    Looks good. Build it.

  5. Cavaron says:

    So… they are now where Tesla was in 2008. Yes… well done Citroen, well done *petting their heads*

    1. wavelet says:

      Sigh. I used to have a lot of respect for Citroën, which used to be at the forefront of using technology in novel ways to improve low- and mid-priced cars… And not just the DS — The 2CV was also impressive. It wasn’t always 100% reliable, but form followed function.

      Nowadays they’re simply rebadged Peugeots, and the entire existence of the DS division is a travesty — expensive, useless, awfully-designed cars that cost 50% more than they should just because of the “DS” plaque.

      I was hoping they’d use the potential for disruption with EVs to actually make a contribution, with simple, effective mid-range EV cars. I’m sure André Citroën would have done it.

  6. mhpr262 says:

    Wonderful job building an electric “supercar” that gets spanked in a drag race by a 7-seater family sedan … that has a far greater range as well. People will be lining up at the dealers.

  7. Fred Borloo says:

    I would respectfully disagree with you.

    Ok, to call it a supercar is a bit silly.
    It could however make a worthy competitor to something like a Porsche Cayman or the new Alpine Vision.

    Looks like DS-Auto is looking for a reasonable cost/performance balance hear.
    If they could offer it around the 50000-55000 € mark, and provided the production version would look and handle, I might be genuinly interested!

    If 310 km range is calculated on an NEDC cycle, that would not be enough. 420-450 NEDC translates in about 280km highway (at 120kmh) range, and would be acceptable.
    What concerns performance, 4.5 sec to 100kmh is fine.
    Acceleration is just part of the sportscar story. Handling, grip balance, steering feel and ergonomy are equaly if not more important.

  8. Daniel says:

    The electric Supercar anouncements keep piling up. It’s starting to get boring.

    I’d wish for something more distinctive

  9. JR says:

    I Respect all Try to make electric cars cool, This one look good!
    But please, make it go 500-600 km on a Charge

  10. Paul says:

    Maybe we should look at it like this. First forget Tesla; it is well ahead and we all know it. The E-Tense is part of a wave of late comers. Porsche is doing it, there is talk about the Alpine. Why not welcome it? By doing sport cars, they know the margin will be ok and the rest of the (ICE) company and the shareholders will not complain.

    And by the way: the DS E-Tense is gorgeous. That gives an aura of attractiveness to EVs and to DS, untill now a pure-ICE-company.

    I want a cleaner world, by whatever road.

  11. BG says:

    Straubel said “Model 3 will with the size of Audi A4”. The new A4 i 4,7m(186 inches) long and that French car with 210 miles range has similar size but weighs 1,8 tons.
    I’m worried about Tesla Model 3 weight.

    1. PVH says:

      EV’s are rather heavy, that is no news. Why worrying about Model 3 weight ?

  12. Elroy says:

    Nice looking car without trying to be electric weird or anything. I mean even if it were a gas car, people would love its looks.

  13. Someone out there says:

    Nice looking car but of course they are skimping on the most important part again, the battery.

  14. G2 says:

    A French sports car this good looking is just fine; not my cup of rum, but as EM says “..the more the merrier.”