What is it?
Perhaps the most welcome feature of the Clio’s wider update is confirmation that the RS 220 Trophy – a powered-up, hunkered-down version of the regular RS model – goes from nominal special edition to standard volume prospect. Aside from that revelation it's mainly business as usual.
As before, power and torque from the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine are at 217bhp and 192lb ft (with only the former qualifying as superior to standard) and the EDC dual-clutch gearbox remains – as does the uprated chassis which drops the car by 20mm at the front and 10mm at the rear. Mechanically indistinguishable then, save for the addition of an Akrapovic exhaust to the option list – ‘inspired’ by the titanium system the specialist built for the R.S 16 concept car.
Physically the car does change; albeit slightly. The front splitter has been redesigned, there’s a new design of alloy wheel and the R.S 16’s prominence is repeated in the carryover of what looks like chequered flag-inspired fog lights - but are in actual fact a new method of lighting dubbed R.S Vision. Developed by Renault Sport itself, the each distinctive cluster uses a novel arrangement of LED bulbs and reflectors to not only function as fog and cornering lights, but also help make the dipped and main beam up to 40 per cent brighter than before.