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Cafe Racer

DS 3 Café Racer front overhead
DS 3 Café Racer and biker
DS 3 Café Racer overhead
DS 3 Café Racer graphic detail
DS 3 Café Racer side detail
DS 3 Café Racer fascia

IT might have four wheels rather than two, but a new and exclusive limited edition model from French brand DS is inspired by 1960s motor cycle culture.

Called the DS 3 Café Racer, the special edition pays homage to the days of glam rock when bikers would don their leathers and race around the streets of London on their radically modified machines from one café to the next.

DS Automobiles enlisted the help of French artisan designer Bruno Michaud who's company, BMD Design, designed the striking decor for the DS 3 Café Racer, working to a brief, says the company, that evokes "a unique rock and vintage universe that combines sophistication and practical design".

According to DS Automobiles head of products and development, Eric Apode: "This deep fascination with the Café Racer movement, with the glamour of rock'n'roll and the alluring vehicles of the past, with the beauty of unique and personal objects, led us to create this rare and exclusive limited edition."

The most notable sign of customisation is a huge graphic which is fixed by hand to the vintage cream painted roof. Similar, smaller graphics adorn the bonnet, doors and rear roof with vintage cream highlights both inside and out contrasting with a choice of blue, black, grey or red body colours.

Inside, there's brown Nappa leather with cream stitching on the seats, steering wheel and visors while the spec includes automatic air conditioning, reversing camera, LED lights, auto wipers and heated wing mirrors.

There's a seven-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation system and a DS Connect Box offering emergency and assistance systems.

Just 150 examples of the DS 3 Café Racer hatchback will be available in the UK at prices from £21,305 and with a choice of either 110 or 130PS petrol engines and manual or auto transmission.

And there are some rather unusual options, including a silk ladies scarf and a pocket handkerchief for men in the colours of the roof and dashboard with an exclusive pattern which matches the car's graphic design.

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