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.
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.