Last year, DS spun off from its parent brand, Citroen, and became its own luxury manufacturer. Now, as we near two of the biggest auto shows of the year—New York and Geneva—DS Automobiles has revealed an incredible electric concept that will debut in Geneva.
This new EV rig, dubbed the E-TENSE, is a combination of a luxury coupe, a sports car, and an electric supercar. It will measure in at 185.8 inches long and just 50.8 inches tall, making it long for a sports car, but not obscenely large. As you can see from the images, the E-TENSE is not one to be taken lightly as DS went above and beyond in making this one stunning electric sports car. Helping keep things light at 1.8 tons (3,600 pounds) is a carbon-fiber monocoque.
Inside, the E-TENSE will be just as advanced as its exterior implies. Here you will find high-definition digital instrumentation, a digital rearview mirror, a clean-cabin filtration system, a nine-speaker Focal Utopia 640-watt audio system, and a one-off BRM Chronoraphers’ watch that the drive can wear or display on the dashboard.
Powering the E-TENSE is an electric powertrain that injects 402 horsepower and 516 Nm (381 pound-feet) of torque into the sports car. This system delivers the power to the rear wheels, netting it a 4.5-second sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The range is about average at 360 km (224 miles) in the city and 310 km (193 miles) on a combined cycle.
In addition to its lightweight and stiff carbon-fiber monocoque, the E-TENSE has a double-wishbone suspension to help with handling duties. Also chipping in here are is sticky Michelin Pilot Supersport tires measuring 245/35ZR20 up front and 305/30ZR20 out back.
It remains uncertain is DS actually intends to manufacture this EV sports car, but my gut says that this is purely just an engineering exercise. A small automaker like this likely doesn’t have the funds it needs to produce this on a grander scale. We should learn more during its Geneva debut next month, so stay tuned.