The car, is a specially ‘numbered’ hardcore edition designed to sit above existing Renaultsport Clios and counter disappointment among some enthusiasts with the existing model - although it stops short of delivering the manual gearbox that has been suggested by some Renault insiders. It will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the first deliveries should arrive in August. The 220 Trophy will cost £21,780 - a premium of just over £2500 over the basic Renaultsport Clio 200.
The 220 Trophy’s 1.6-litre turbo engine has been tweaked to produce 10% more power (217bhp) and the rev limit is raised from 5600 to 6800rpm. There’s a larger turbocharger and the air intake and exhausts have been revised to meet the latest Euro 6 clean-air standards as well as delivering extra performance. The CO2 output drops 6g/km from the old Clio 200's figure, 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.