The last testing procedures are being done on the all-new Renault Clio RS. It will be introduced to the public this September at the Paris Motor Show. According to sources from France, this car will be powered by a new turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine with ‘at least’ the same 197bhp as the 2.0-litre, naturally aspirated unit as the current car.
The Nissan Juke is powered by the 187bhp version of the same engine. Insiders said that the Renault Clio RS will be available with the option of a new dual-clutch gearbox paddle shifters as standard equipment. The Mk4 Clio uses a new platform that’s wider and longer but will be available in just a five-door format.
It gets a coupé-like appearance due to its unique styling with bold ‘tucked-in’ side sections, big shoulders over the rear wheels and rear door handles concealed in the C-pillar. The new version is different from the current RS since it is based on the same bodyshell as the basic Clio. Renault considers the Mk4 Clio a crucial product.
It will be introduced in production form in the summer. As the economic difficulties in the eurozone continue, the company can’t seem to get a break. From January to April 2012, its sales have fallen by 21%.
Last week, French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg said that he is thinking about helping to support the auto industry in France by implementing tax breaks for frugal cars or by launching new incentives.