Besides the new Clio, Renault also brought at the 2012 Paris Motor Show the all-new Clio RenaultSport 200 Turbo, a sporty version of its new hatch that promises to offer a racing experience with a low price tag. As you can see from the photos, the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is an RS model through and through, showing F1-style front blade, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and a new rear roof spoiler.
Inside, the red colour is dominant but this is not all as the new Clio Renaultsport 200 comes with a sports steering wheel, aluminium-capped pedals, bucket seats with leather upholstery optional, multimedia system, system, touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth radio with USB connectivity, hands-free entry and starting, driver aids.
Climate control and parking sensors are also available as options. Under the hood there is a 1.6-liter engine delivering 200 hp and 240 Nm of torque (up 25 Nm compared with Clio III Renaultsport).
To cover the varied expectations and usage from sporty customers, New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo offers two different chassis: Sport chassis for an optimum balance of sportiness and comfort in everyday motoring; Cup chassis for technical and track day enthusiasts.
These customers will enjoy 15 per cent more stiffness relative to the Sport chassis and a ride height lowered by 5 mm. Moreover, the new Clio RS comes with a new sport button named R.S. Drive.
Pressing this button modifies the engine and gearbox mapping, ESC settings, steering feeling and throttle pedal response. It works in three modes (‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’) and gives the new model an attractive, multi-dimensional sporty character. Furthermore, Renault adapted R-Sound Effect for the New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo by adding specific engine noises.
The combination of the twin-clutch six-speed gearbox and the 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine is unique to the New Clio RS 200 EDC. Its 240Nm of torque and 200 horsepower can be completely utilized through perfectly coordinated ratios of gears which can be manual or automatic.
The careful development done by Renault Sport Technologies resulted to this outstanding combination of this engine with the EDC transmission. In addition, New Renault Clio R offers a precise set-up work and engine improvements from precise fine-tuning of the distributor, air inlet, turbo and throttle.
As the hallmark versatility of the latest New Clio RS 200 EDC, it maintains its outstanding stopwatch performance. The 0-100kph run only takes 6.7 seconds. It can reach 1,000 meters in only 27.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 230kph (143mph). The New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC is a real Renault Sport yet it sneaks within a sophisticated Clio.
In moderate conditions, New Clio RS attracts clients with its user-friendly appeal. In the aspect of comfort, it is very competitive with its main class opponents.
New Clio RS 200 EDC, when released from its restraints, is equipped for attaining the maximum capacity of its sporting potential, with the consideration of the driver’s individual capabilities.
A CHASSIS DEVELOPED BY THE EXPERTS OF RENAULT SPORT
At the center of Renault Sport's expertise, engineers concentrated on the chassis performance to achieve their goal of enhancing the handling, comfort, and road holding and braking.