Fans of French hot hatches will welcome the arrival of full specifications for the new Renault Clio RS 200 EDC. The car was first shown in Paris last year and was accompanied by some good detail then, but this time there’s a lot more info to sink your teeth into.
To refresh you of the basic specs, the Clio RS 200 EDC is now powered by a 147kW/240Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine and coupled to a 6-speed Efficient Dual Clutch. It weighs 1204kg and can reach 100km/h in 6.7 seconds.
While some may bemoan the lack of a manual gearbox and the lack of a free revving normally aspirated engine, as found in previous hot Clios, they may gain some comfort in the fact the Renaultsport engineers are still in control of the Clio RS 200’s suspension. Indeed, Renault proudly claims their latest hot hatch is the first production car to be fitted with hydraulic compression stops in its shocks.
We applaud the functionality of the RS Monitor 2.0 that allows data logging to be downloaded to a USB stick, among other very cool things, but cannot criticise Renault enough for adding the R-Sound Effect. This system allows you to tap into the car’s throttle position and so on to electronically pipe the sound of other cars through the stereo system. Really, have we descended that far into the realm of electronic trickery? Does anyone really want their Clio RS to sound like a Nissan GT-R?
After the break you’ll find another 30 or so images (the screen graphics are not available in larger sizing) and access to all the press guff you could hope to read.
Renault confirms latest details for
Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo
[Excerpt from Renault UK, download full international press kit below]
- All-new direct injection 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, pushes out 200hp @ 6,000rpm
- 25Nm more torque than predecessor, and plenty of it mid-range. 240Nm from 1,750 to 5,500rpm
- Quicker from 0-62mph – now 6.7 seconds
- Tips scales at 1,204kg – 36 kilos lighter than previous Clio Renaultsport 200
- First Renaultsport Efficient Dual Clutch transmission. Six gears – all selectable via full-sized steering column-mounted paddle shifters. Includes first sub-supercar multi-change down function
- Host of technical upgrades to ensure it remains the ultimate “hot” supermini:
- first production car with hydraulic compression stops in shock absorbers (usually preserve of rally cars)
- new steering calibration, MacPherson front axle set-up, plus rear axle with 10% increased anti-roll bar stiffness, bigger brakes – 320mm v 312 before
- R.S. Drive with three driving modes – alters settings for engine, accelerator pedal, steering and ESC mapping: Normal, Sport and entirely manual Race (shift time ratio of under 150 milliseconds in latter)
- Launch Control and fully disconnectable ESC and ASR traction control (in Race mode) for the ultimate track car weapon
- R.S. Diff enhances its cornering grip, standing start performance and understeer removal
- Optional Cup chassis gives 3mm lowered ride height, 15% stiffer chassis and quicker steering rack, Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres shod with gloss black 18”
- Renaultsport wheels with red brake calipers
- Lower running costs with fuel economy and emissions slashed by almost a quarter. Former up 10.3 mpg to 44.8 mpg (combined) and latter slashed to 144g/km (down 46g/km). VED only £135, £325 lower than before
- Coupé profile with five-door practicality. New look courtesy of 17” or 18” alloys, F1 blade front bumper, Renaultsport rear spoiler and diffuser, twin exhaust, DRLs and side sills
- High level of equipment – Bluetooth, USB connectivity, 4x35W 3D Sound Arkamys audio system, R-Link multimedia system with 7” touchscreen (Carminat TomTom Live navigation and App Store), keyless start and entry, R-Link integrated tablet with navigation, Renaultsport front seats. Standard tyre: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
- R.S. Sound Pipe sends engine soundwaves directly into cabin for heightened driving experience
- Evocative red touches for seatbelts, instrument needles, air vent surrounds, gearlever knob and gaiter
- Wide range of options: full leather upholstery, rear view camera, upgraded R.S. Monitor on-board telemetry system (displays real time torque, G-forces, lap times and standing starts among others – data downloadable to USB)
- Five body colours, including exclusive Liquid Yellow
- UK pricing to be confirmed on 28 February. Ordering opens in April with first deliveries in June
Note: Specs may vary for the Australian market.