Downsized engine and ‘at least’ 197bhp for all-new version of hot Renault hatch

The all-new Renault Clio RS is in the final stages of testing before its expected public debut at the Paris motor show in September. 

French sources say the car will have a new turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine with ‘at least’ the same 197bhp as the current car’s 2.0-litre, naturally aspirated unit. 

A 187bhp version of the same engine is currently in the Nissan Juke. Sources say the Renault Clio RS will also get the option of a new dual-clutch gearbox, which is expected to get paddle shifters as standard.

The Mk4 Clio is based on a new platform, gaining width and length, and will come in five-door format only. Distinctive styling, with dramatic ‘tucked-in’ side sections, large shoulders over the rear wheels and rear door handles hidden in the C-pillar is intended to project a coupé-like look. Unlike the current RS, the new version is based on the same bodyshell as the basic Clio.  

The Mk4 Clio, which should be revealed in mainstream form this summer, is vital for Renault. The company is struggling, with sales dropping by 21 per cent between January and April this year as concerns about the eurozone continue. 

French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg said last week that he is considering helping prop up the French car industry, with tax breaks for economical cars or a new scrapping incentive system.

 

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21 June 2012

... what is the obsession with this rubbish!? 

Every roadtest I ever read of a hot hatchback with a DSG Gearbox says the same thing:  "OK, but it would be better with a manual... etc etc.",  yet still the industry perseveres with it...

21 June 2012

Calm down! It's an option! Besides, it is an option I'd take, if I could afford one 

21 June 2012

And another thing - the only obsession manufacturers have is with sales. If they didn't think they could shift shedloads of DSG 'boxes they wouldn't offer them. Apparently the average punter, not you or I, is perfectly happy their DSG hot hatch. 

The industry is not doing this just to wind you up. There'll be more of it in future as well, these transmissions will (and some already are) be greener than a regular manual. That's what counts now I'm afraid.


21 June 2012

Have flappy paddles on Smart Brabus Roadster - I love them! Simples!

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21 June 2012

Can't stand flappy paddles myself.  Bought a car with them which I liked at first, but once the novelty wore off, I started to realise that I was a manual gearbox person and ended hating the thing.

Changed to a manual version of the same thing after 18 months and absolutely love it.  As long as a manual version is available, that's the one I'd choose.

21 June 2012

"French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg said last week that he is considering helping prop up the French car industry, with tax breaks for economical cars or a new scrapping incentive system."

Hang on!! ... I thought this wasn't allowed under EU rules??

21 June 2012

Good news!

The problem is with the almost perfect VAG "DSG", there is no manual mode.

With a genuine manual mode it will be very good.

A regret : no 3dr...

 

21 June 2012

Given how well respected the current car is its a brave move to go for 5 door only with a turbo engine as well. Its going to be very different how ever good it is. But given how good the Megan is with its turbo engine perhaps thats no bad thing.

I have no issue with offering it with an auto box if it helps sales, while a manual remains available but it would be very sad if they followed the polo and other VAG offering into being auto only.

21 June 2012

I love my 7 speed VAG DSG smooth around town once you have learnt the best way to tease it with the throttle. Fun on the open road when you want to have a play.

The VAG unit does offer a full manual mode on the paddles, the only thing it wont let you do is over-rev it (ok a soft limiter might be fun) and it will downshift if the revs are about to drop off the bottom of the needle.

The Clio looks a cracker, the turbo is essential to get the economy up and the extra torque will come in handy.  3 Door would be nice, but I can't see it being a deal breaker if you were interested in the car.

I just hope they can maintain the go kart handling and improve the interior so its a bit less plasticy.

This forum is dead, don't bother...

21 June 2012

Adam R wrote:

The VAG unit does offer a full manual mode on the paddles, the only thing it wont let you do is over-rev it (ok a soft limiter might be fun) and it will downshift if the revs are about to drop off the bottom of the needle.

Is this the case? A friend had a TT and that could be caught out as it assumed you would go one way up or down the box so pre engaging that gear and when you instead told it to go the other way it could leave you temporarily floundering as engaged the correct gear.

It also would prevent you staying in a high gear at low speed where the 3.2 would have been very happy had it been a manual. 

It gave you the impression of manual control, but actually it wasnt manual at all as it would do its own thing when it didnt like what you had told it to do. 

It may well be your 7 speed box is better than the 6 speed the TT had but it put me off the things for life.

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