The Renault Clio Renault Sport has been refreshed for 2016 with a tweaked exterior and updated range.
The Clio RS has been facelifted to keep it in line with the rest of the Clio range, with a tweaked grille, rear bumper and headlights, as well as exclusive front fog lights which form a chequered pattern in the front bumper.
Being the Clio’s motorsport variant, the facelifted Clio RS also plays host to a raft of mechanical upgrades. There’s a choice of three chassis options; Sport, Cup and Trophy, which reflect increasing levels of track-oriented focus, with Sport being the most road-friendly.
The Trophy is the most hardcore of the three, so will be the least comfortable and more suited to track driving than Britain’s bumpy public roads.
The 1.6-litre engine under the bonnet is available in two power outputs: 197bhp for the Clio RS 200 EDC, and 217bhp for the Clio RS 220 Trophy. Both of these are mated to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
The higher-powered engine is only available with the Trophy chassis, which lowers the front by 20mm and the rear by 10mm, with 18in alloys the only option available on this setup. A more advanced exhaust system is also available on the Trophy model as an optional extra.
In Trophy guise, the Clio sprints from 0-62mph in 6.6sec, topping out at a 146mph top speed.