Renault's low-priced model will go on sale in Latin America from next year, but it won't be coming to the UK
14 September 2015

The Renault Sandero RS has been revealed at the Buenos Aires motor show in Argentina.

Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine developing 143bhp and connected to a six-speed manual gearbox, the RS makes good on a promise made by Renaultsport boss Patrice Ratti to produce a sportier version of the Sandero. As well as its extra power, the RS gets tuned suspension, ESC, steering and brake settings.

The extra power means the Sandero RS is capable of reaching 62mph in eight seconds, and has a top speed of 125.5mph. It weighs 1161kg - the heaviest Sandero weighs 1083kg by comparison.

The Sandero RS is the first RS-badged model to be built outside Europe. It is set to be sold exclusively in Latin America from next year, with no plans to bring the car to the UK. That decision is likely due to the fact that the Sandero is badged as a Dacia here, rather than a Renault.

The most powerful version of the Sandero currently on offer in Europe produces 101bhp from its 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The power gains for the RS model might seem modest,but Ratti had already noted that big gains weren’t needed. “A Sandero is lighter than a Clio, so you don’t need that much power,” he said to Autocar last year.

Ratti also revealed that the new model is intended to spearhead the RS sub-brand’s growth in the emerging Latin American market.

The Sandero RS will sit as an entry-level option to the Renaultsport range, which also includes the Clio RS and Mégane RS. Hot versions of the Captur and Kadjar are also known to be on the cards, alongside possible future hot versions of the Twingo.

Renault has also released a video showcasing the development of the car.

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27 August 2014
I was thinking about the Twingo being priced rather highly considering the competition, but I suppose Renault will argue that if you want a cheaper small car, then they will sell you a Sandero. Wonder if this RS Sandero will get the Twingo 133 engine.

It would be cool if they did a Fabia vRS Mk1 and pop a diesel engine in, that new 1.6 Renault have with 130BHP for example, but seeing as it is more of a Russian/Brazilian market car, that is highly unlikely

28 August 2014
Guess the intention is for the Hot Dacia models to occupy the old-school budget Warm / Hot Hatch niche (think Suzuki Swift Sport and others), anyway is the new Sandero still based on the mk2 Renault Clio?

27 April 2015
Nathsky wrote:
Guess the intention is for the Hot Dacia models to occupy the old-school budget Warm / Hot Hatch niche (think Suzuki Swift Sport and others), anyway is the new Sandero still based on the mk2 Renault Clio?
It's based loosely on Clio 3, more donated technology but the Sandero platform is bespoke to Dacia.

27 August 2014
It would be very interesting if they decide to sell it here in the UK.

22 June 2015
This looks old school good. But beware, Dacia are rubbish at supplying parts. I have waited 2 months for a side sill for my Duster, still no sign.

22 June 2015
jonfortwo wrote:
This looks old school good. But beware, Dacia are rubbish at supplying parts. I have waited 2 months for a side sill for my Duster, still no sign.
A friend of mine has a new Sandero which has spent 6 of the 8 weeks she's owned it at the dealer awaiting a part to fix the air-con system. She's in the process of trying to reject it but Dacia are being very unhelpful to say the least.

23 June 2015
A small RenaultSport model, with a 6-speed manual gearbox? Nice.

23 June 2015
2.0-litre four-cylinder engine developing 143bhp in a car the size of a Sandero is hardly sporting.

23 June 2015
BenC30 wrote:
2.0-litre four-cylinder engine developing 143bhp in a car the size of a Sandero is hardly sporting.
All depends on how you define sporting? I would suggest that a cars chassis and suspension tuning/capabilities has far more baring on a cars ability to be sporting than BHP figures. Would it be any more sporting with 250 bhp if the chassis was a complete mess?

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14 September 2015
Two litre naturally aspirated small hatchback with a proper manual gearbox. Sounds just like the Clio RS before some half-wit ruined it with a set of pretentious flappy pedals and turbos. Could live with the turbo in the name of lower emissions but certainly not with an autobox.

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