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RenaultSport Clio 200: Paris 2012

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Renault hasĀ unveiledĀ the Clio RenaultSport 200 at the Paris Motor Show with a 1.6 litre turbo engine delivering 200bhp.

The latest version of the Clio RS forgoes its naturally aspirated 2.0 litre engine for a turbo 1.6 litre delivering the same 200bhp but more torque – up more than 10 per cent.

What dropping the 1.6 turbo has done to the Clio is make it more economical – Renault say it is 25 per cent more fuel efficient and, obviously, emissions drop comparably.

Apart from the new turbo engine, Renault has also got rid of the manual gearbox and replaced it with a six-speed dual-clutch ‘box with flappy paddles for the ‘manual’ feel.

Renault has also given the new Clio RS a choice of Race, Sport and Normal modes, a launch control, Multimedia system, Bluetooth and keyless.

What you also get is a new toy to change the sound the Clio RS makes with the arrival of R-Sound Effect which can simulate the noise of a range of engines in the cabin which reacts to speed and acceleration. A boy racer’s dream.

Cosmetically, the Clio RS 200 gets LED running lights, new bumpers, 17″ alloys, new grill and new spoiler. You’ll also be able to make your new Clio RS all your own with the introduction of interior and exterior personalisation and four different themes.


By Cars UK