A manufacturing model of the 805bhp DS E-Tense Efficiency prototype may very well be on the playing cards, which might be offered as a track-only, limited-run automobile, filled with System E expertise.
With a 0-62mph time of simply 2.0sec, the electrical automobile could be one of many quickest ever produced, however would command a “very excessive” worth, DS‘s CEO Béatrice Foucher has instructed Autocar.
The hyper-quick E-Tense Efficiency coupé, which is an replace of the 402bhp DS E-Tense concepthouses a 335bhp motor on the entrance and a 469bhp motor on the rear, which mix to output 805bhp and 5900lb ft.
It was revealed earlier this 12 months as a part of a growth venture with engineers from System E staff DS Techeetah, which the French agency has a heavy stake in.
At the moment, DS – which solely turned its personal model following its separation from Renault in 2014 – doesn’t promote any sport-focussed vehicles, concentrating solely on the premium market, with fashions such because the DS 4 hatchback, DS 7 SUV, and DS 9 saloon.
Talking on the London ePrix, Foucher mentioned: “We might by no means go to sporty vehicles, that isn’t the positioning of the model, however on the finish of the day when all people noticed the [DS E-Tense Performance] prototype, we mentioned ‘okay, that will be good if we may construct one, or promote one of these automobile’, however, the choice has not been made but.
She added: “If we take the choice, we’ll embed the expertise [that we have learned from] System E, so it implies that, when it comes to homologation, it might not be doable to homologate for the street, so it might be just for the monitor, and when you construct a automobile for the monitor, this could be in very small volumes , and really excessive prices and costs.
“I don’t know if there’s any good equation for that, however all people liked the automobile, which is nice for us, and so we’ll should see.”
Requested if a manufacturing variant may pull concepts and expertise from sportier manufacturers throughout the Stellantis group, reminiscent of Alfa Romeo, Foucher mentioned: “Clearly what [Stellantis] are designing when it comes to expertise, typically talking, matches for all of the premium manufacturers, so sure when it comes to powertrain, batteries, and electrical fashions.”