Just a year after the brand gained its independence from Citroën, DS Automobiles unveils the electric-powered Supercar DS E-TENSE concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.


There was quite an impressive cast, working on the automobile. The concept was jointly created by Maison Moynat design studio, the 'pure racing spirit' of BRM Cronographes and an audio expert that set up a 640W audio system Utopia by Focal, consisting of nine loudspeakers and a Digital Signal Processor for tuning.

Affixed to the car's central console (but it could also be worn on the wrist) is a BRM timepiece specifically designed for the driver of the DS E-TENSE. Inside there is also a supple leather pouch, which can be used to carry a helmet (for the times when you feel like giving the term 'dynamic drive' an upgrade) in a practical and elegant way. With the careful selection of fine, luxurious items to accompany the car, DS E-Tense shows exactly where it belongs – we dare say, not in our humble garage.

The ergonomic design of the controls consisting of a 12-inch digital handset, coupled with a 10-inch touchscreen, is efficient and intuitive. The driver can also enjoy other examples of the latest technology, such as digital rear vision, the innovative "clean cabin" filtration system that continuously identifies, analyses and filters exterior pollutants in order to purify the air in the cabin.

The 4.72m long and 1.29m high Supercar is equipped with a 100% electric 402hp engine, silently producing 516Nm of torque, 402hp and zero emissions. The 53 kWh 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. Despite its weight (1.8 tons), E-Tense accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, reaching its top speed at 250 km/h. On a full charge, it's capable of a 310km mixed cycle range (or 360km urban cycle).

Feb. 29, 2016 Driving photo: DS Automobiles

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