- Distinctive exterior, F1-inspired enhancements
- ‘World first’ for new multi-faceted lights
- Flagship Trophy has cutting-edge race technology
PARIS, France and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Yet another generation of Renault Sport (RS) performance Clios has been born and two versions are now (May 2017) available in South Africa.
These flagship models, the automaker says, have some traits from the brand’s F1 cars and “proudly embody the bridge between Renault and Formula 1”.
“The Renault Sport Clio is undeniably one of the most popular hot hatches thanks to its track record of being one of the best-handling and most rewarding cars on the market.
“The 2017 units follow derivatives that are legendary – indeed, the first RS, the Renault Clio Williams (1993), was designed to celebrate the success of the Renault-powered F1 team of the time.”
2005 MODEL ‘LEGENDARY’
More-powerful Renault Sport units emerged after the Clio Mk.II’s revamp: the Renault Sport Clio V6, its three-litre V6 at the rear and making 189kW, was the fastest model – and still is.
The Renault Sport Clio 182 Trophy launched in 2005 was also deemed legendary by enthusiasts.
The long line of Clio RS models was further boosted with the introduction of the Renault Sport Clio 200 and 200 Cup, followed by the 2010 Clio 20th Anniversary model that was distinguished by its pearl-white paint, black alloy wheel rims and black roof – “a striking and coveted limited edition”, Renault says. .
A Clio RS Red Bull (another F1 season supporter) also had a distinctive colour scheme and 18″ wheel rims but now here are the turbocharged Clio RS Lux and RS Trophy – described as “two even more-formidable hot-hatches enriched with Renault Sport expertise”.
RS Vision: ‘World-first for additional multi-faceted LED lights’
These models boast the distinctive RS exterior design with specific sports cues (front and rear bumpers, large alloy wheel rims, visible double exhaust pipes, rear spoiler) and “a more enhanced and integrated exterior signature, including new front and rear lights”.
This, Renault says, make the front look wider.
The signature C-shaped front diode lights are are flanked by RS Vision chequered flag-shaped lights – “highly efficient adaptive lighting instantly recognisable through its unique design”.
TWO CHASSIS, TWO TURBO ENGINES
Other distinct “RS design prompts” include RS badging below the larger front Renault logo and on the boot lid, new RS alloy wheel rims (17″ on Lux model, gloss black 18″ on Trophy), model-specific sills, a rear spoiler, and a bold diffuser with a twin-pipe exhaust.
If you hadn’t noticed you were in an RS (perhaps it was dark…) you will when the interior lighting comes on: high-quality interior finishes, Renault says, give the car a qualitative finish: red detail around the air vents, red stitching on the gear-shifter, handbrake and steering-wheel, super-bolstered bucket seats, RS embossed head restraints and leather sheathing the heatable seats (specific to Trophy).
CARS BADGED FOR HORSEPOWER
Two different chassis and petrol engines are available: the Lux has 17″ wheel rims for everyday use; the Trophy chassis is 20mm lower up front, 10mm at the rear, and has 18″ wheel rims.
The Lux version (badged for its 200bhp) delivers 147kW, the Trophy (badged for its 220bhp) 162kW though each spins a six-speed dual-clutch auto/paddle-shifts transmission that allows F1-style fast downshifts for high-speed braking (keep it on the track, please – Ed.).
“Unique in its segment,” Renault says, “the Trophy version has an exclusive exhaust system, developed with industry specialist Akrapovic, and having an instantly recognised note while benefitting performance.”
The RS experience also offers launch control (self-explanatory), RS Drive which enables three driving modes (Normal, Sport, Race), and an RS Monitor that, the automaker says, offers an intuitive interface for car settings, a more secure driving experience, and telemetry that can record and replay the track action.
‘THRILLING, INTENSE, DRIVE’
Another brand differentiator is the RS electronic differential which lets the driver retain traction and limit vehicle skidding by balancing brake and traction sensors.
“All in all,” Renault says, “making possible a thrilling and intense drive.”
The Clio RS Trophy has a range of track-orientated F1-style features that include:
- 18″ high-performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
- 162kW (at 6050rpm) engine able to reach 235km/h and 100km/h in 6.6sec.
- Trophy claims to be the only B-segment car with an Akrapovic exhaust as standard.
- The red brake callipers are an instantly recognizable RS feature and squeeze 320mm ventilated discs.
Despite its performance potential, Renault claims the RS can achieve 5.9 litres/100km.
Renault Clio RS smart technology
The cabin has:
- Satnav is available on a 19cm touchscreen, along with multimedia, radio, and Bluetooth.
- Cruise control/speed limiter.
- Auto screen wipers and headlights.
- Hands-free card key for remote entry.
…and crash mitigation and prevention features, among them:
- Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-pressure distribution and emergency assistance to maintain trajectory direction.
- Electronic stability control and anti-slip traction control (can be disabled for track use).
- Hill-start assistance prevents roll-back when starting on, well, a hill.
- Driver and front passenger head /chest front and side crash bags.
- Height-adjustable driver and front passenger seat belts with pre-tensioners and load-limiters. Three rear three-point IsoFix child-seat anchors.
(Prices below the image.)
Renault Clio RS 200 EDC Lux – R379 900
Renault Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy – R419 900
Option Sirius Yellow metallic paint – R2 500
As with the rest of the Renault range, the Clio RS will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year no-rust-through warranty. A three-year or 30 000km service plan with 10 000km intervals.