DS is a luxury brand not many are fimiliar with but it does belong to PSA Peugeot Citroen just like Toyota has the Lexus brand and Nissan with the Inifiniti. And of-course DS are releasing their all electric DS E-Tense sports car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show set to have an electric motor that can achieve up to 200 miles.
As of lately, every single concept car that has been released has some sort of electric unit in it which is clearly indicative of the future. PSA is not new to racing electric cars and they have history making power-trains that have gone through the trial phase which gives us comfort that the DS E-Tense should have some umph.
What’s so special about the DS E-Tense though? Aside from the exotic looks and the sharp angles, it does sort of look like an R8 had an affair with an Acura NSX and a Lexus LC-LF resulting in this weird but remarkably aesthetic offspring. Don’t get me wrong, I never hate on any concept because people put effort into those concepts and work hard just to be different, but sometimes the human brain tends to borrow shapes it likes from things it has seen before – which I’m guess was the case here. But wait? What about the Elibriea Qatari supercar, I would like to plead the fifth on that one, lord have mercy on my soul..
Regardless of design, the DS E-Tense is indeed a good looking sports car with a carbon fiber lightweight monocoque chassis which has the electric motor placed at the rear. The electric motor that powers the DS E-Tense is powered by lithium-ion batteries and can put out an impressive 402 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
The DS E-Tense weighs in at 3,600 pounds but can hit 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and tops out at 155 mph – good enough to be a sports car but certainly not a supercar as some people were commenting earlier. The interior is pretty wild when you stare at it enough, with triangular shapes and curves that intrude and extrude everywhere. It certainly looks like an entertaining place to be and with a 12 inch instrument cluster display and a 10 inch touchscreen center console infotainment system you can’t go wrong.