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This year’s Geneva Motor Show is packed-full with mind blowing sports cars.  The latest to catch our eye is a display of the finest avant-garde French design combined with state-of-the-art tech, in an electric 2-seater called the DS E-Tense Concept ($NA).

Made by Citroën’s newly established DS luxury brand, this performance GT features a 402hp electric motor connected to a lithium-ion battery pack which is mounted underneath the car’s monocoque, carbon fibre chassis.  The motor delivers a substantial 381lb ft of torque to the rear wheels and is able to move the entire 3,968 lbs of the E-Tense from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 155mph. DS also promises a range of 193 miles before you need to recharge the battery.  Other specs include a low centre of gravity, an independent, double wishbone suspension, and carbon fibre diffuser & flat underbody for improved aerodynamics.

In therms of styling you’ll notice the car (finished in a “metallic green ametrine”) appears to be sculptured, boasting 3D fenders with vents behind the front wheels, LED lights & roof-integrated indicators, gaping intakes behind the doors, a chrome plated spine that runs up the hood & down the roof, and a complicated mix of shapes at the back (which instead of a rear windscreen has digital view tech).  The interior has a ‘watchstrap’ seat design, a sculpted steel dashboard with race-inspired toggle switches, a 640-watt sound system, 10-inch touchscreen, and even a luxury BRM watch that you can take out and strap on your wrist.

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