Renault has unveiled a faster, more powerful, better-handling version of its Renaultsport Clio called the 220 Trophy at the Geneva motor show.
What is it?
The car is a specially ‘numbered’ hardcore edition designed to sit above existing Renaultsport Clios; it will reach European showrooms this summer.
What engines can I choose from?
The 220 Trophy comes with a 1.6-litre turbo engine that has been tweaked to produce 10% more power and around 217bhp; the rev limit has been raised from 5600 to 6800rpm, too. There’s a larger turbocharger and the air intake and exhausts have been revised to meet the latest Euro 6 regs as well as delivering extra performance. The CO2 output drops 6g/km to 138g/km (one VED band).
Torque rises 8% to 192lb ft and there is an extra ‘torque boost’ feature that delivers a further 8% of torque when in fourth and fifth gears.
The Clio 200’s dual-clutch paddle-shift transmission has been improved by cutting its shift times by 30% and reducing paddle travel.
The Trophy’s chassis is lowered by 20mm at the front and 10mm at the rear while springs and shock absorbers are all re-rated for high-performance use. There’s a new steering rack and a change to Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 R18 tyres, too. The result is a car that cuts three seconds from a typical 1min 40sec lap on Renault’s secret test track.
How much equipment does it come with?
The performance mods are accompanied by some subtle badge changes, plus new diamond-cut alloys.
How much does it cost?
It’s anticipated to cost about £2000 more than the present car, which means it will be around the £20,000 mark.
Can I get a discount?
Some discounts are available on the current Renaultsport models with around 10% off its list price, so the new Clio Trophy may have similar reductions eventually.