New Clio Cup and Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing revealed
22 July 2013

Renault has revealed two new performance models, the Clio Cup and the Mégane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing. 

The new Clio Cup is a 220bhp homologation special designed to compete in the same track events as the model it replaces. The new Cup benefits  from all of the assets of the standard car, but also includes new chassis upgrades.

With the help of a reinforced, welded roll cage, the Clio Cup provides significant increases in both safety and rigidity.

Power comes from a 1.6-litre, turbocharged direct-injection engine, producing 220bhp.

A range of gearbox options are available, including the standard fit six-speed sequential unit, which enables shift times of just 100 milliseconds.

Drivers can also choose from either steering wheel-mounted shift paddles or a back-to-basics manual. Torque has also been given a small boost, registering 199lb ft. The Cup is also fitted with more trick dynamics, such as the F1-aping front blade.

Exterior changes include front and rear spoilers, LED lights and twin exhaust pipes.

As well as the latest Clio Cup, Renault has also unveiled a limited edition version of the Mégane in partnership with Red Bull.

Dubbed the Mégane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8, only 30 examples of the model will be made. All of which will don exclusive blue paintjobs with grey detailing. It will go on sale at £28,245.

The exclusive blue finish takes inspiration from Red Bull’s racing colour scheme, and includes Red Bull graphics along the sides and at the rear of the car.

The limited edition Mégane uses the same fundamental powerplant as the standard 265 Cup, meaning a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit giving 261bhp, 0-62mph in 6.0sec and a top speed of 158mph. The car comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.

James Mortimore

Our Verdict

Renault Clio

A multi-talented contender that can stand comparison with the best

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