New Clio R.S. 200 EDC: the performance and enjoyment of a sports car everyday Coupled with the EDC gearbox, the new 1.6 T Renault Sport 200 engine is exclusive to New Clio R.S. 200 EDC – 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 R.S.) 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.
1.6T Renault Sport 200, a completely new 1.6 turbocharged engine coupled with the EDC dual clutch transmission and paddle gear changes Sparkling 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 1.6T 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 R.S. chassis
To cover the varied expectations and usage from sporty customers, New Clio R.S. 200 EDC offers two different 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 percent more stiffness relative to the Sport chassis and a ride height lowered by 5 mm.
This twin offer is a distinctive feature of Renault Sport models. In terms of braking, New Clio R.S. 200 EDC 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 R.S. 200 EDC 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 R.S. 200 EDC 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 New Clio R.S. 200 EDC an attractive multi-dimensional sporty character.
In the same spirit, Renault’s engineers have adapted R-Sound Effect for the New Clio R.S. 200 EDC 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 R.S. 200 EDC 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 automatic climate control. Being sporty doesn’t mean that the wellbeing of occupants cannot be looked after!