208 GTi, Golf GTI, and now this, Renault Clio RS 200. This year’s Paris Motor Show is full of amazing new hot hatches. Just like the others, the Clio RS 200 is powered y a Turbo engine and features sophisticated technologies to be fast and fuel efficient at the same time. Based on the new Clio, the RS 200 also looks properly hot.
As with all hot Renault hatchbacks, which have a long and glorious history, the RS 200 features a body kit that sets it apart from the normal models. It gets a front spoiler lip, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, dual tailpipes, 17-inch wheels (18-inch optional), and lots of sporty gloss black accents. Red brake calipers are also included.
The car is powered by the 1.6 Turbo Renaultsport 200 engine developing 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and torque of 240 Nm from just 1,750 rpm. It features many new technologies such as DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) cam followers developed from Formula One and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). But the main highlight should be the EDC dual clutch transmission. It allows drivers to adopt the driving style they want. The EDC transmission is docile in daily driving and particularly effective in sporty driving, with three different modes including a ‘race’ option.
Inside the cabin black leather is joined with red accents and sporty elements such as aluminium-capped pedals and paddle shifters. The bucket seats, with leather upholstery optional, provide extra lateral support and it goes without saying that Renaultsport’s latest comes with all the equipment expected of a flagship model: multimedia system, touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth radio with USB connectivity, hands-free entry and starting, driver aids. Climate control and parking sensors are also available as options.
This Clio RS offers a very compelling package for hot hatch.