The new Renault Clio RS is expected to carry a 1.6-litre turbocharged motor when it launches next year
14 September 2012

The 2013 Renault Clio Renaultsport has been spied testing on the streets around the Nürburgring.

Although no official announcement has been made, it is expected the Clio RS will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, producing more than 200bhp. This means an end to the high-revving 2.0-litre motor fitted to the current Clio Renaultsport 200.

The engine is expected to be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a dual-clutch automatic.

Unlike the previous hot Clios, the new Renaultsport will be offered as a five-door model only, mirroring the single configuration of the standard car. Renault design boss, Laurens van den Acker promised the car will have the look of a three door. Our largely undisguised spy shots show the door handles hidden in the C-pillars.

Renault has remained tight-lipped on performance, revealing only that it will offer more power than the outgoing car. 

The Clio Renaultsport will be joined by a warm variant, likely to be badged Clio GT. It is expected to be powered by the same 133bhp 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine as the Twingo Renaultsport. A 1.5 dCi diesel unit could also be offered. The styling is likely to closely mirror that of the Renaultsport.

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14 September 2012


Seriously. Wtf.

14 September 2012

How big are those wheels? Look at that tiny tiny rear brake disc.

14 September 2012

Looks way too big for a Clio.


14 September 2012

But damn does it look fantastic, will easily win the beauty competition between it and almost every other competitor.

If I would buy this kind car, I'd deffo buy this. Oh, and wouldn't it be fitting to start comparing it to the Focuses/Golfs soon, the size of it is getting out hand.




14 September 2012

What a repulsive car!  It's all sorts of wrong.  Considering how important the new Clio is to Renault I can only think that they've got some sort of death wish.

14 September 2012

It doesnt look good at all, and its clearly a 5 door, the front doors on small cars are always too short of 5 door models, and this is no different, which doesnt help. I hope it drives well, because it needs something to sell in any numbers.

I fear Renault have shot themselves in the foot here

15 September 2012

I don't think the Qashqai rear end suits a hot hatch at all, and I'm wondering how much work Renault are going to have to put into this to make it look like a 3 door. Maybe they'll give you some body coloured tape to put over the shutlines, or some black tape to visually move the B-pillar. Do they think people are stupid?

15 September 2012

I just think vanDennis Acker is theteeing guy for the job. It looks toomuch like a Mazda fomrom the side and rear and a pastiche of Avantime at the front. The initial sketches were of a purposeful and structured design, this looks like a reskin. Judging by how much Peugeot hasmoved the fame in, as a fan if Renault, I have to say a little disappointed. 

15 September 2012

Will this comments board stop turning my text into gobbledygook? Doesn't seem to like iPhone or iPad. Please autocar sort it out! 

16 September 2012

Sorry , looks like a French Toyota Yaris,maybe it's the color (why is White so popular!!!???)

Peter Cavellini.


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