How long have you waited for a car that would make you feel like you’d been transported way into the future? A car that when you get in it seems more like a spacecraft than a car? Well, now it seems your wait is over. Welcome to the Divine DS a new model of concept car released by French manufacturers Citroen.
The Divine is the golden ticket of Citroen’s DS sub-brand. The car got its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show to much fanfare. This latest DS is an evolution of existing models like the DS3, and standard Citroen ranges like the C4. It indicates a new and improved direction that Citroen are exploring as a brand. Curious then that the Divine DS should sport no Citroen badge. Perhaps Citroen figured the car would speak for itself? Or perhaps it’s because the DS brand is faring so well at present that Citroen want to strengthen its position.
If you’ve not had the pleasure of driving a Citroen before you might find the Divine DS an intimidating prospect. It’s not every day you get the chance to enjoy a concept vehicle. You could always try out a used Citroen from Thames Motor Group to get you in the mood. This will help you get used to the personality of a Citroen before you graduate to the Divine.
With its sleek exterior, DS wings and floating diamonds on the grille there’s no doubt this is a great looking car. It could be the movie star of contemporary cars. But it’s very much your shiny new starlet who looks great, but has yet to get any serious credits under its belt.
So, what’s it like? Well, for one thing this is a fast car. Under its bonnet, the Divine DS hides a 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine. The same one found in the Peugeot RCZ R. This coupled with 270 brake horsepower should make this a brisk ride. The car is also packed full of quirky French design and engineering. The roof, for instance, is a design that resembles reptile scales. The headlights use laser technology like many BMW’s and Audi’s, and the dashboard’s modeled on a backbone.
There’s no doubt the exterior looks beautiful but wait until you see the inside of the vehicle. It’s a truly bonkers affair. The dashboard, remember, the one modeled on a backbone, is folded in half and set with stunning stonework. The back seat feels a lot like a small cocoon. The car has a futuristic looking fascia and design. And the interior looks more like something you’d find on a ship in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar than a regular car.
Which brings us to another quirky feature of this car. Citroen have come up with their own internal customisation options. Something they’ve labeled ‘hyper-typage’. This allows you to customise the interior themes including dashboard and doors. The three options carry the names ‘Mâle’, ‘Parisian Chic’ and ‘Fatale Punk’.
If you’re looking for a car that’s a bit wacky, wonderful and futuristic, your search is over. You might look like you’re auditioning for a revival of Knight Rider cruising along in the Divine. But Hasselhoff himself would no doubt have found the car charming and fun.