New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo will be lighter and faster than outgoing car
15 February 2013

The new Renault Clio Renaultsport is faster and lighter than the car it replaces, it has been confirmed.

The car’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 197bhp and 177lb ft of torque, 19lb ft more than before. Peak torque arrives at 1750rpm and is available to 5500rpm - a far wider band than the current car.

Renault claims the Clio Renaultsport 200 can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.7sec – 0.2sec faster than the car it replaces. The official kerb weight is 1204kg, 36kg lighter than before.

The car will be offered with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission only. Renault says it features the first sub-supercar application of the multi-downshift function.

It is also the first production car to be fitted with rally car-style hydraulic compression stops in the shock absorbers. A Renaultsport differential and launch control will be fitted as standard. 

The Clio will offer a Renaultsport drive system with three modes – Normal, Sport and Race. These allow engine, accelerator pedal, steering and ESP map settings to be altered. In Race mode, the car’s ESP and traction control systems can be fully deactivated.

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The suspension, which features a MacPherson front arrangement, has a thicker anti-roll bar. The front brakes measure 320mm, up from the old car’s 312mm units.

Visual changes include a choice of 17 or 18in alloy wheels, an ‘F1 blade’ front bumper, a Renaultsport rear diffuser, twin exhausts and specific side skirts. Standard-fit tyres are Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2.

As before, the Clio Renaultsport is offered with an optional Cup chassis that reduces the ride height by 3mm and provides a 15 per cent stiffer chassis and a quicker steering rack. Clio Cup models also feature 18in gloss-black Renaultsport wheels wrapped with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres.

Renault claims running costs have been reduced over the old car. Fuel economy increases by 10.3mpg to 44.8mpg, while CO2 emissions drop by 46g/km to 144g/km. Consequently, road tax is reduced from £250 to £135.

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen operating TomTom Live navigation, keyless start and entry and Renaultsport front seats. On-board telemetry, which displays laptimes, real-time torque and standing start figures is among the options available.

Renault will confirm pricing on 28 February, ahead of order books opening in April. The first deliveries are set to commence in June.

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15 February 2013

Love the look of the new Clio and it looks good in the television adverts.

This particular model is the Clio at it's best and the only probable downside will be the price which may end up near Golf GTI 3-door, even then I'd prefer the Clio.

Top marks Renault and whilst you're at it stop the leasing of car batteries, it's holding back EV's.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2013

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No, you don't say, how much?,probably Focus ST money,see, i didn't mention price either!

Peter Cavellini.

15 February 2013

Regardless of price, if this Clio is anything as good as the outgoing model, it will sell!! ... Hell, I'd buy one!!

15 February 2013

...well, in France it's EUR 24,990. Directly converted to GBP that's £21,415 but I'd expect it to be cheaper than that when it's announced. Many other Euro market cars are more expensive than in GB these days.


15 February 2013

I doubt Renault have forgotten how to make a car drive well, so it will have good suspension, and in the UK i suspect it wont be too expensive. 

The big issue is the compulsory auto. i dont care if its faster, more economical, i just dont want an automatic hot hatch

 

15 February 2013

A good looking hot-hatch, both inside and out. Add that expected Renaultsport dynamic excellence, and they're going to be on to a winner!

Cyborg

15 February 2013

Looks superb and will no doubt be superb to drive. I want one! End of! 

15 February 2013

The new Clio scores in style.

Why autobox only though?

Ant

15 February 2013

£18,995 Cup, £19,995 Regular

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estoril M135i Manual

17 February 2013

Ant wrote:

£18,995 Cup, £19,995 Regular

Really ????? Bargin if true

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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