between past and future at DS

DS Automobile is presenting 4 models at the unmissable Salon Retromobile in Paris. These vehicles all symbolize performance.

Car enthusiasts and enthusiasts had the pleasure of stepping back in time on the DS stand. Indeed, the SM Prototype of 1973 and the electronic DS 21 Pallas Injection of 1970 were in the game.

In parallel, DS exhibits more recent models. Namely the DS E-Tense Performance electric concept car and its DS 9 E-Tense 4×4 360, both released in 2022.

And to corroborate all the love that some have for the French manufacturer, four clubs dedicated to DS and SM models are also present throughout the show. Retromobile 2023.

The 70s in the spotlight

The DS 21 Pallas electronic injection

This DS 21 Pallas was at the time one of the cars the fastest in France. Symbol of its excellence and French know-how, it was in all Ministries and prefectures.

A DS expert on the spot tells us with emotion that his father-in-law was a driver for a prefect in the West of France: “ He loved this car because it had a special comfort and an exceptional handling. In 1969, he could make trips for the prefect at unmentionable speeds. »

SM Prototype

There are people around the SM. Normal, this model is impressive! Did you know that this prototype was used to design competition versions of the SM Maserati? This super-powerful SM Prototype can reach 340 horsepower !

DS has always stood out in terms of technology compared to other brands. Here again, DS embodies the French know-how and avant-garde spirit that define its DNA today.

Two production models sparkle at the 2023 Retromobile Show

The DS E-Tense Performance

Its E-Tense Performance model symbolizes both the Powerful and the technology. This concept car 100% electric leads the way into the future of high performance automotive.

Its aerodynamic design and technologies are directly inspired by its motorsport heritage. This gem, tested by DS Formula E drivers, can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2 seconds.

The DS E-Tense Performance can reach the trifle 815 horsepower thanks to the cumulative power of its dual electric motorization, combined with its four-wheel drive.

The DS 9 E-Tense 4×4 360

This model embodies the strength and the dynamism. The DS 9 also captures a lot of public attention.

When we question the staff of the brand present on site, it specifies the reason why DS particularly stands out from the competition.  » DS guarantees comfort and road holding superior to other brands. The hydropneumatic suspension offers exceptional comfort. »

It proudly boasts reliable handling. You surely remember that when General De Gaulle’s attack in 1962, his DS 19 continued to roll despite two flat tires as if nothing had happened!

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A brief update on maintenance costs

Since we are there, we have taken the liberty of asking a few additional questions. At a time when maintenance costs and soaring fuel prices are on everyone’s lips, we wanted to hear their story.

According to the DS expert, car maintenance is not the most expensive. In the 80s, an oil change every 5,000 km was necessary. Today, you have to wait rather 30,000 km.  » The first cost of a car is its discount. Then it’s maintenance and finally it’s fuel. When you take the car out of the garage, you lose 20%. »

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