Limited-run R27 gets Cup chassis that will become an option on 197
12 April 2007

Renault’s latest F1-inspired road car, the limited-edition Clio R27 will cost £17,250 when it arrives in June.

Just 500 of the cars will be made, in a choice of six colours: Liquid Yellow, Ultra Red, Racing Blue, Deep Black, Nimbus and Albi Blue. It’s not just the paint job that’s different, however; each R27 has a tweaked Cup chassis that will also become an option on the standard 197 later in 2007.

The ride height has been lowered by 7mm, springs stiffened by 27 per cent at the front and 30 per cent at the rear, and the bump-stops have been altered, providing what Renault claims is an even more responsive and agile chassis.

Less technical modifications include 17-inch anthracite alloys, standard Recaro seats and F1 decals on the front, back, roof and doors (though the last two can be deleted as a no-cost option). The standard Brembo brakes also get red calipers.

Come back next week to read our first drive of the new Clio R27.

Our Verdict

Renault Clio

A multi-talented contender that can stand comparison with the best superminis on the roads today, even if it isn't quite the best

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