The new Renault Clio R.S. 200 EDC is one of the six cars to be unveiled for the year by the domestic distributor. Previously, TC Eurocars had announced the Renault Koleos at the then new Glenmarie showroom. With the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix slated for the weekend, TC Eurocars picked the track’s Go-Kart course to showcase the new Renault Clio R.S. 200 EDC. They also had Caterham lead driver Kamui Kobayashi as the guest of honor for the Clio R.S. 200 EDC unveiling ceremony. (click to enlarge)

The Clio R.S. 200 EDC is a thoroughbred performance compact that represents Renault Sport’s expertise forged in motorsports. It also benefits from the marque’s latest thinking when it comes to comfort and versatility. Though the new Clio R.S. is sports-oriented compact, it is imminently a very able day-to-day car.

Renault Clio R.S. 200 EDC: Sensuous lines underline a performance mission and the F1 connection

Exterior-wise, the Clio R.S. 200 EDC has warm, sensuous lines, which expresses its performance mission and an association with F1. The Dieppe (Normandy) built performance compact is instilled specific bumper and sills. twin exhausts and large-diameter wheels. While the five-door architecture and coupe stance contribute to its versatility factor. At the front, the grille incorporates R.S. insignia beneath the oversized Renault emblem, while LED DRLs in the lower part of the bumper form a visual signature that is recognizable day or night. Bold shoulder and wedge-shaped lines define the side profile of the performance compact. From the rear, the integrated diffuser and lip spoiler are put in place for aerodynamics purposes. The rear’s rectangle-shaped combination lights blend equally well to the sculpted profile and the top side’s spoiler with a third brake light.

As you move to the inside of the Clio R.S. EDC, a predominantly black interior scheme with red details is the optimum choice for this performance compact. Red details are apparent for the seat belts, gear knob and instrument needles, stitches on the steering, air-vent surrounds and door panels. Additionally, dark-metal paddle shifters are tucked in behind the steering, while the rounded meters display gauges for rpm and fuel level.

The bucket-typed seats in the Clio R.S. 200 provides additional lateral support and encourages a little more aggressive driving on the part of the driver. At the center console, the unmistakable R.S. monitor 2.0 with R-Link, finished with a chrome surround, acts as a display for the car’s real-time data, data log tracking, as well as activate multimedia requirements. The three drive modes; Normal, Sport and Race, are activated by the R.S Drive switch. The Race mode guarantees a more spirited drive; attributed to a firmer steering feel, an entirely manual gear shifting and a deactivated traction control.

A 1.6 Turbo engine enables the Clio R.S. 200 EDC to hit 200 hp (147 kW) and 240 Nm @ 1,750 rpm of torque. Thanks to the EDC Dual Clutch’s 6-speed transmission, the Clio R.S.’s powerplant benefits from some fine-tuning courtesy of the folks at Renault Sport. The guys at Renault Sport managed to increase torque from lower in the rev range to better driveability and improve output at the top of the rev band to make the Clio R.S. a true performer. The performance compact sprints 0 – 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds and tops off at 230 km/h.

Front pseudo-MacPherson struts and the rear’s anti-roll bar ensure that the performance compact is stuck to the road or track. Stopping power is rest assured for the Clio R.S., thanks to 320mm front disc and 260mm rear disc brakes. While R.S. Diff (Electronic Differential) balances acceleration and cornering grip.

Renault Clio R.S. 200 EDC: Price and availability

At 168,270 without insurance, there are four color choices for the Renault Clio R.S. 200 EDC: Flame Red, Deep Black, Mercury and Glacier White. For a closer look and test drive of the Clio R.S. 200 EDC, hop over to your nearest Renault dealership.