Just 15 examples of Renault Sport’s new 220 Trophy-based hot hatch will come to the UK

Renault Sport is producing just 15 right-hand-drive examples of its Clio RS 18 Limited Edition, which builds on the 220 Trophy with Formula 1-inspired additions.

The UK version of the RS 18 is on sale from 1 May, with deliveries kicking off in mid-June. It comes after sales of the previously left-hand-drive-only model on the Continent surpassed expectations.

The limited-run hot hatch receives a Deep Black paint finish with Liquid Yellow accents to mimic the livery of Renault’s RS 18 F1 racer.

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Black has been applied to the car’s Renault diamonds, RS logo and rear diffuser, while the front blade, side skirts and wheel centre caps are yellow. Each car also gets a numbered kick plate, Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel and carbonfibre-effect air vent surrounds.

Based on the 220 Trophy, the RS 18 uses the same turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, producing 217bhp and 207lb ft of torque. Drive is sent through the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but it is said to have 50% quicker responses than the normal RS Clio's.

Straight-line performance remains unchanged, with a 0-62mph time of 6.6sec and a top speed of 146mph.

Also carried over from the Trophy is an Akrapovič sports exhaust system, firmer springs and a 40% stiffer rear twist beam. The model’s bespoke dampers are also retained without adjustment.

Pricing for the RS 18 starts at £24,295, which is £1300 more than the 220 Trophy.

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Comments
7

1 May 2018

 So all your paying for is better handling, not any faster speed wise, I do hope there automated gearbox is sorted....

Peter Cavellini.

1 May 2018

 why no 250bhp model?

Peter Cavellini.

1 May 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 why no 250bhp model?

Y not just go for a megane rs....271bhp

 

ArneCo

1 May 2018

Rear wing? No. Does it have DRS? No. Does it have a carbon fibre chassis and body? No. Does it have an ERS hybrid powertrain that revs up to 15,000rpm? No. Semi automatic sequential gearbox? No. Front wings? No. Carbon brakes? No. Multi-function steering wheel? No. Halo? No.  Multi-link suspension front and rear with pushrods? No. Slick tyres? No. But it has a black and yellow a paint job!

1 May 2018

£1300 more? For a bit of paint on the calipers etc. The world's gone mad if anyone thinks this is a good deal

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

1 May 2018

Hmm, I see Autocar have amended the headline as earlier this morning it also mentioned Formula 1 influence. But then this is an article by Sam Sheehan where proof reading doesn't seem to exist prior to publishing....

1 May 2018

Their effort would have been better spent putting a manual gearbox in it.

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