World premiere of New Clio R.S. 200 EDC: emotion shifts into sport mode
The announcement of a new sporting version of Clio is always an eagerly anticipated event among the model’s sporting fan-base and those who appreciate beautiful cars. Powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine mated to EDC dual clutch transmission, New Clio R.S. 200 EDC is an innovative response to the highly sophisticated expectations of the compact sports hatchback customer. In addition to being a thrill to drive, it has distinctive style and is poised to be a favourite with the connoisseurs.
“ New Clio R.S. 200 EDC proclaims loud and clear the values of Renault Sport: beautiful and fast, it has everything that’s needed to make it the benchmark car in the high-performance sports hatchback class – just like its predecessors.
The introduction of a very high performance turbocharged engine, with plenty of torque at low revs and coupled to the EDC dual clutch transmission (Efficient Double Clutch) developed by Renault Sport engineers, results in a car that raises the sporting driving experience to a new level. The expertise of Renault Sport Technologies is reinforced by long-term programmes in the most demanding types of motorsport, including racing and rallying. It is this experience which makes us so passionate about handling feedback, and you can feel this the moment you drive any of the sporting Renault derivatives we have developed. We’re also proud to be producing the R.S. in Dieppe, home of Alpine, and proud to be using the EDC gearbox for an R.S. version for the first time. ” – Patrice Ratti Managing Director, Renault Sport Technologies
Beautiful and effective, with a racing pedigree There can be no doubt about it: New Clio R.S. 200 EDC is a Renault Sport model through and through. Its F1-style front blade recalls Renault’s success in Formula One, while its diffuser and spoiler generate 80 percent and 20 percent extra downforce respectively. Also exclusive to New Clio R.S.
200 EDC 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.
Inside, the ambience is sporting, with red the dominant colour. A steering wheel flanked by the two gearshift paddles, a dedicated instrument pack and aluminium-capped pedals all spell performance and passion. Yet Clio R.S. 200 EDC also pays particular attention to the comfort of its occupants.
The bucket seats, with leather upholstery optional, provide extra lateral support and it goes without saying that Renault’s Sport’s latest comes with all the equipment expected of a high-end model: multimedia system, touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth® radio with USB connectivity, handsfree entry and starting, driver aids. Automatic climate control and parking sensors are also optionally available.
Special feature: personalisation
New Clio R.S. 200 EDC will be offered with a specific Renault Sport exterior personalisation programme. The starting point for the programme 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.