Renaultsport Clio RS on sale from June
Power is provided by a new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that’s mated to a dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox.
On the exterior, changes have been made to the grille, spoiler and front and rear bumpers to give a more aggressive stance and sportier look. Wider LED lights, sill extensions and a twin-pipe exhaust also help to differentiate the RS from the standard car. It gets 17-inch alloys as standard, while 18-inchers are available as an option.
Inside, the RS gets bucket seats, touch-screen sat-nav, Bluetooth and keyless entry and start. Automatic climate control and parking sensors are available as options.
As with other Renaultsport models, two chassis options are available. The standard car gets a Sport set-up, while the Cup chassis is available as an option. The latter is 15% stiffer than the Sport set-up and has also been lowered by 3mm.
The Clio RS does 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 143mph. Average economy is a claimed 44.8mpg, while CO2 emissions are 144g/km.
UK pricing will be confirmed at the end of February. However, in France the Clio RS will cost from €24,990, which is around £21,500. It is expected that UK prices will be lower. Order books open in April and UK deliveries will start in June.
By Matthew Burrow