Renault has introduced the new Clio performance line-up, which comprises the Clio R.S. 200 EDC, Clio R.S. Trophy and Clio GT-Line. The new Clio R.S. range offers the full spectrum of Renault Sport technology for immediate driving pleasure and is available from three types of chassis, along with two powerplants.
The Clio R.S. line-up sees the debut of the innovative R.S. VISION lighting system, Renault Sport’s exclusive lighting signature. The front end of the new Clio R.S. is visually broader by virtue of a specific front bumper, and the car is completed by LED multi-faceted lighting in the form of a chequered flag called R.S. Vision; which consists of the car’s fog lights, cornering lights, side lights and dipped and main beams.
The new Clio R.S. also offers new 18-inch wheels and specific sills. At the rear can be found a sporty spoiler, a functional diffusor and a twin exhaust tail pipe, while the rear lights carry over the C-shaped lighting signature. The R.S. logo appears underneath the Renault badge at the front of the car, on the wheels and at the rear.
With the GT-Line pack, the new Clio takes on a sporty look with forceful features that immediately set it apart. The Clio GT-Line is equipped with Dark Metal air scoops in the front bumper along with lateral sills, uniquely designed 16- or 17-inch wheels, as well as an exclusive exhaust with a chrome tail pipe and a Dark Metal rear bumper panel. The Clio GT-Line cabin is home to a blue design scheme and gains the perforated-leather steering of the Clio R.S. with the GT-Line badge, Clio R.S. seats with special upholstery and an aluminium pedal set, all of which underscore the car’s sporty design.
The new Clio R.S. is available with a choice of two petrol engines (200hp and 220hp) on the Trophy version, mated to six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering-mounted paddle shifts.
It is the only car in its class to offer three different types of chassis, giving customers the opportunity to ‘tailor-build’ their own Clio R.S. The options are a Sport chassis with 17- or 18-inch wheels; a strengthened Cup chassis with 18-inch wheels, or a Trophy chassis with 18-inch wheels, lowered by 20 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear.
Uniquely in its segment, the Trophy version can be specified with an exclusive exhaust system inspired by the Clio R.S 16 concept car and developed in tandem with industry specialist Akrapovič which imbues the engine with an instantly recognzsable sound and ensures sprightly acceleration.
The 200hp powerplant is available with the Sport and Cup chassis, while the 220hp unit can be selected for the Trophy variants. The 220hp Trophy version is capable of out-performing all other sporty vehicles in its class, taking just 6.6 seconds to sprint from 0-100 km/h, with a top speed of 235 km/h.
Finally, the Clio R.S. innovates with an unprecedented equipment package for the segment, including Launch Control, the R.S. Drive system which enables a choice of three driving modes (Normal, Sport and Race), the R.S. Monitor application and hydraulic compression bump stops developed by Renault Sport for rallying.