RENAULT HAS REVEALED the controversial Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo.
The hotly anticipated Renaultsport version of the new Renault Clio 4 has finally been unveiled at the Paris Motorshow. The new RS Clio promises the same exquisite handling balance that customers have come to expect thanks to a tweaked Sport chassis and the optional Cup chassis, which is 15% stiffer and five millimeters lower.
However, the new Renaultsport Clio is courting controversy due to its choice of engine and gearbox. In a move which mirrors that of many of the Clio’s rivals, the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine is replaced by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine which produces 200bhp, while the traditional manual gearbox makes way for an EDC dual-clutch, paddle-shift gearbox.
It has yet to be seen how these changes will effect the car’s petrolhead appeal but the Renault promises that they will provide the car with more performance than its predecessor while delivering more economy and greater comfort due to the engine’s smaller capacity and the gearbox’s three different modes; normal, sport and race.
Visual changes over the standard Clio include an F1-inspired front blade, LED daytime running lights, redesigned bumpers and sills, 17″ alloys with optional 18″ alloys available and a rear diffuser and spoiler which produce 80% and 20% extra downforce respectively.
Inside there are aluminium pedals, leather bucket seats, touch-screen entertainment and navigation and red accents on the seats, doors and dashboard. A whole host of personalisation options will also be available.