Renault Clio RenaultSport 197 Lux Edition makes it debut in the U.K.

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

The ideal solution by Renault for buyers who wish their hot hatch delights with just a dash more enhancement and additional comfort, with a fresh variant of the much-celebrated Clio Renaultsport 197, the 'Lux'.

The latest Lux model is packed with additional highlights consisting of leather upholstery and automatic climate control, valued at £2,000 as personal options, however at £16,995, Lux costs just £1,000 more than the standard model. Besides the leather upholstery and climate control, the Lux possesses automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, cornering lights, extra tinted rear windows, a 60W radio MP3 CD player, Renaultsport carpet mats and satin chrome finish to the fascia air vents.

The Lux can be recognized by brushed aluminum 'Raider' alloy wheels and a satin chrome finish to the door mirrors and to the air extraction grilles in the front wings. There are several color options for the Clio Renaultsport 197 Lux: Ultra Red, Racing Blue, Renault i.d. Glacier White (£150), metallic Deep Black (£375) or metallic Albi Blue (£375).

More optional accessories offered are automatic folding door mirrors (£100), a panoramic sunroof which is electrically operated (£600), xenon headlamps (£550), Speedline wheels in either white or black (£100) or the celebrated Cup chassis (£400).

Renault has revised the original lines of the Clio with further focus on its more athletic, expressive curves. Its front end is now more aggressive, thanks to the fitment of an F1-type aerodynamic splitter and a low-positioned air intake. This intake helps cool down the car’s naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter 16V engine that delivers 147.5 kW (203 hp) of output.

Meanwhile, elements like sills, extractors as well as wider front and rear wings indicate the sporty nature of the new Renault Clio RS. The Clio RS makes use of Renault Sport's new styling identity cues and adopts Renault Sport Design Pack's two-tone color scheme, with the front bumper moldings, exterior mirror housings and diffuser are finished in either Gloss Black or Cold Metal Grey. The rear end, meanwhile, is marked by twin exhaust tailpipes incorporated into the diffuser. Renault Sport badging is found on the car’s tailgate, on the satin-finish chrome inserts of the side protective moldings, and on the intake manifold. The new Clio RS is the model that could be wrapped in the new exclusive Alien Green metallic paint finish.

The new Renault Clio RS rides on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod in wide tires (215/45). The car employs Brembo brake calipers and big brakes that lend it with powerful yet durable stopping power.

Amazingly, a number of aerodynamic elements are installed on the new Renault Clio RS. These elements – including front-wing air-extractors, a front splitter and a rear diffuser – help reduce the CdA value of the new Clio RS by 0.02 to 0.75. The extractors on the front wings could neutralize the turbulence generated by the wider wings, and has a big role in further lowering the CdA of the Clio RS. These extractors could facilitate the extraction of hot air from underneath the bonnet, with the angled vents guiding airflow along the sides to deliver improved performance.

In addition, the new Renault Clio RS employs an air diffuser derived from F1, the pinnacle of motorsports. This F1-adopted air diffuser is usually fitted as standard on range-topping sporting cars. This aerodynamic element could prevent the rear of the Clio RS from lifting. It could channel airflow in a manner that it produces a low pressure zone beneath the Clio RS, thereby increasing ground effect and ensuring stability at high speeds.

The new Renault Clio RS features aluminum pedal covers and footrest, perforated leather steering wheel with visible stitching as well as yellow centerpoint marker -- all of which points to its sporting character. In addition, the car’s yellow rev-counter comes with an audible and visible Formula 1-style gearshift indicator.

Three trims -- Argente Grey, Dark Charcoal and Yellow – are available for the new Renault Clio RS, allowing clients to pick the color of the seatbelts, upholstery and dashboard trimming. The car is fitted with specific Renault Sport seats capable for providing utmost comfort and a high level of body-hugging lateral support. The Clio RS could also be optionally specified with bucket seats.

Jointly designed and developed by Renault and Recaro, these buckets seats are equipped with lateral airbags and employ a glass-fiber/polyamide-injected shell. Interestingly, the slots for the harness belts and the integrated headrest work to secure occupants firmly in place while helping deliver a sporty appearance.

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