2013 Renault Clio RS 200
The new version of the Renault Clio has been unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, featuring a new turbo engine and unique visual appointments, as well as a very racy interior.
AS for the styling, the new look of the Clio is a nice thing to look at. Also exclusive to New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo are the unique grille and spoiler, front and rear bumper, wide-set LED daytime running lights, sill extensions and 17-inch wheels, with 18- inch rims available as an option. All these elements combine to make it a genuine attention grabber. A dual-tailpipe exhaust system and a sporty sound signature round off this exclusive package.
The car also features a new EDC dual clutch transmission (Efficient Double Clutch) for better efficiency, without compromising on performance and driving joy that has always been the Clio’s strong point.
Details in the press release below:
New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo will be offered with a specific Renault Sport exterior personalisation programme. The starting point for it is the choice of four themes which can be combined with different motifs, plus upgrade elements and trim packs, with clearly differentiated characters. Now everyone can configure the precise type of sportiness that suits them best.
1.6 Turbo Renault Sport 200, a completely new 1.6 turbocharged engine coupled with the EDC dual clutch transmission and paddle gearchanges
Coupled with the EDC gearbox, the new 1.6 Turbo Renaultsport 200 engine is exclusive to the New Clio flagship – an indication of another step forward by Renault Sport Technologies in its quest for performance. The aim is to offer even more everyday driving enjoyment thanks to extra verve, but also to reconcile enjoyment and performance improvements with the realistic requirement for improved energy efficiency.
This approach, driven by motorsport and particularly by Formula One where Renault Sport enjoys recognised expertise, has now directly benefited the sporty version of New Clio.
The new 16-valve four-cylinder develops 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Its high torque of 240 Nm (up 25 Nm compared with Clio III Renaultsport) is developed from just 1,750 rpm for instantaneous driving enjoyment. This maximum torque is then consistently available at higher revs – up to 5,600 rpm – thanks to the turbocharger.
Sprinkled with the magic dust of Renault Sport, this Alliance engine includes cutting edge technologies, demonstrated by the DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) cam followers developed from Formula One and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). As always with Renault Sport, the exhaust note has been the object of particular attention.
The other new feature in the sporty philosophy is that the 1.6 Turbo Renault Sport 200 engine is available exclusively with the EDC dual clutch, six-speed transmission. The comfort and efficiency of the dual clutch EDC gearbox allows drivers to adopt the driving style they want. The EDC transmission is docile in daily driving and particularly effective in sporty driving, with three different modes including a ‘race’ option.
Inspired by motorsport, the steering column-mounted gear shift paddles – a first for Renault – offer better comfort and speed than a manual gearbox. In ‘race’ mode, gear changes can be made in just 150 milliseconds.
The quality of the Renaultsport chassis
To cover the varied expectations and usage from sporty customers, New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo offers two different chassis:
- Sport chassis for an optimum balance of sportiness and comfort in everyday motoring.
- Cup chassis for technical and track day enthusiasts. These customers will enjoy 15 per cent more stiffness relative to the Sport chassis and a ride height lowered by 5 mm.
This twin offer is a distinctive feature of Renaultsport models.
In terms of braking, New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo offers powerful 320mm-diameter discs at the front (a significant increase of 8mm over its predecessor). More than ever, Renault Sport is synonymous with excellence in terms of chassis performance and braking.
Thanks to this careful balance between the engine, transmission and chassis, the New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo will offer ‘edgy’ performance. Timed performance data will be communicated during media test drives planned in early 2013.
Topped off with exciting innovations
New Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo combines fun with technology, in the form of a ‘sport’ button named R.S. Drive. Pressing the button modifies the engine and gearbox mapping, ESC settings, steering feeling and throttle pedal response. It works in three modes (‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’) and gives the new model an attractive, multi-dimensional sporty character.
In the same spirit, Renault’s engineers have adapted R-Sound Effect for the New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo by adding specific engine noises. Using Renault R-Link, this application simulates the noise of one of a range of iconic engines through the car’s speakers, tuning it to the speed and acceleration of the car. It’s a fun and realistic way of choosing the engine noise.
In addition to this bundle of new features, New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo offers an enviable range of comfort features such as touchscreen navigation Renault R-Link, a hands-free key card, Bluetooth radio with USB and jack connections. Options include parking sensors with rear camera and climate control. Being sporty doesn’t mean that the wellbeing of occupants cannot be looked after.
New Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo: sporty performance can also be energy-efficient
New Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo will also significantly reduce its impact on the environment thanks to new technologies which stem from the ongoing quest for energy efficiency seen in motorsport.
Downsizing + EDC = 25% cut in CO2 emissions compared with Clio III Renaultsport
In concrete terms, Renault Sport’s application of the downsizing principle to performance engines means that the 1.6 Turbo Renault Sport 200 engine will use two litres/100km less fuel for an equivalent power output, plus 25Nm of extra torque compared with Clio III Renaultsport’s naturally-aspirated 2.0 (F4R) powerplant.
Although the new turbocharged 1.6-litre engine uses less fuel, it also delivers higher performance and extra enjoyment than its predecessor.
The technologies employed for New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo underline the talent of Renault’s engine specialists: direct fuel-injection, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) cam followers (a technology derived from F1), braking energy recovery (ESM), reduced friction, Variable Valve Timing.
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