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.
Back in 1998, a high-performance division of French automaker Renault, Renault Sport, produced its hot hatch car, the Clio Renault Sport. In the year 2000, the successive variants of the Renault Clio RS have achieved a label as the best-selling hatchback of its class, having worldwide sales totaling more than 700,000 cars.
This isn’t surprising, considering that individuals who owned a Renault Sport Clio III, and even the media, regarded Renault Sport’s hatchback with much praise—this being the result of the car’s powerful chassis, brakes and steering, combined with the precision of its gearbox.
With high regard and expectations from the media, car owners and brand enthusiasts alike, Renault Sport now introduces two distinct guises of the Renault Clio RS: the Luxe (name may differ according to market) and the Cup versions.
The Luxe version is aimed at motorists who are seeking a highly efficient yet comfortable car that gives one a high level of status quo and places an accent on driving pleasure. The new Clio Renault RS Luxe features the ‘Sport’ chassis which has been upgraded to provide an awe-striking view to deliver an even higher standard of comfort and aesthetic pleasure.
A wide selection of body colors, interior trims and upholstery (including leather), and aluminum alloy wheels give the Renault Clio RS a uniqueness that is difficult to match. The Carminat TomTom navigation system and a hands-free card and cruise control with speed limiter also complete the Luxe version’s technological efficiency on the road.
For individuals whose passion really lies in driving and being on the road, and who don’t give detailed attention to aesthetic pleasure as much as they do to vehicle performance, the Cup version is ideal. Equipped with the ‘Cup’ chassis, it is approximately 36kg lighter than the New Renault Clio RS Luxe, enabling a smoother and more powerful drive. All this is made possible by the distinct designing of certain components (transmission gear, seat frames and wheels) and the dropping of several other parts, allowing the Cup version to boast of a hefty 6kg/hp weight-to-power ratio that’s very rare in its class.