Renault has revealed its fourth-generation Clio RS at this year’s Paris Motor show. This new model is a more focused hot hatch than its predecessor. It will be sold only with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine linked to a 6 speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s power is -197 BHP(147 KW)- but at 6000 rpm as opposed to the outgoing version which provided the entire horsepower ar 7,200 rpm.
The torque figure has increased by 19 lb-ft (26 Nm) to 177 lb-ft(234
NM). Changing a gear takes only 150 milliseconds, when in race mode.
There’s also the Normal and Sport model which are selectable with the help of an RS button. The changes made have to do with the engine
parameters and gearbox mapping, as wheel as the response of the throttle pedal and the steering feel.
The French automaker has not released any performance figures, however as soon as race mode is activated we can safely assume that the 0-62 mph(0-100 km/h) is achieved in less than 6.5 seconds. The Renault Clio RS 200 will be offered with an optional Launch Control system so the sprint will be achieved even quicker.17 – inch alloy wheels are available but with more money 18- inch alloys can also be made available.The stopping power comes from the 320 mm discs at the front.
We would expect better design from an RS model, which should look more aggressive than the standard fourth-gen Clio, with a front F1-style blade, a spoliler and rear diffuser, LED DRLs, sill extensions and redesigned bumpers. It has red trimmed cabin and the sports bucket seats, which can be wrapped around leather with additional money.
Standard goodies include starter button, hands free entry, Bluetooth and USB support, touchscreen navigation and the company’s new R-Link
infotainment system. Parking sensors and automatic climate control are on the options list.
More updates coming soon…