Citroen has released the first images of the Citroen C3 WRC concept car ahead of its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Designed by the Citroen style centre in partnership with Citroën Racing, the concept car offers an extreme version of new Citroen C3.

The C3 WRC concept car heralds the arrival of Citroen’s new rally car that will compete for the first time in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2017. The Citroen team has won eight WRC manufacturers’ titles and holds 96 rally wins, and will be vying for more success when the new C3 WRC car hits the stages.

We are told that the concept car that will be unveiled at Paris is very close to the finished WRC challenger. Based on the new C3 supermini, this more hardcore rally version shares a lot of style features with the production model: two-level light signature, two-tone body/roof and accents matching the colours of the roof.

Citroen C3 WRC concept car
New Citroen C3 WRC will debut on the stages in 2017

The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than the new C3, for more aerodynamic freedom including a spoiler for the front bumper. The wing mirrors have been sculpted from carbon for a real racing look and come in yellow to echo one of the colours available for the new C3.

The final racing version of the Citroen C3 WRC will have enhanced engine power of around 380bhp and a electronic differential control.

Watch a video of the new Citroen C3 WRC concept car in action:

Caroline Kidd