2011 JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
RENAULT SPORT MODELS
A trio of dynamic performance hatchbacks
Renault Sport showcased by RS versions of Twingo, Clio and Mégane
Sporty styling and aerodynamics derived from motorsport
Exceptional performance from optimised drivetrains
Suspension, steering and brakes adapted to performance role
The Renault stand at the Johannesburg International Motor Show includes a tribute to the marque’s Renault Sport sub-brand. Developed and tested by Renault Sport Technologies, the Renault Sport versions of the Twingo, Clio and Mégane express the motorsport tradition and dynamic spirit that is at the core of the Renault brand.
In addition, the display also spotlights the motorsport heritage associated with the Gordini name. Both the Twingo RS and the Clio RS are special-edition Gordini versions that combine the mechanicals of the two RS models with an exclusive exterior and interior execution.
Mégane RS Cup
As the latest in a long line of award-winning sporting models, the Mégane RS continues the proud legacy of exhilarating cars produced by Renault Sport Technologies, the company’s highly revered performance division.
As the flag bearer of the Renault Sport range, it represents the pinnacle of the brand’s sporting identity. combining the latest in design and technology with either the Sport chassis for everyday driving, or the exceptional CUP chassis, targeted at the true sports car enthusiast.
Based on the streamlined Mégane Coupé, the RS Cup features extended wheel arches to accommodate larger, lightweight alloy wheels.
The muscular stance is further accentuated by the broad, aggressive air intake and familiar RS gloss black finish of the front bumper, complemented by a Formula 1-style aerodynamic blade, along with striking LED daytime running lights.
At the rear, a central exhaust tailpipe, diffuser and lip spoiler take pride of place. The invigorating choice of colours includes matt Sport Yellow, Extreme Blue, Pearl Black, Glacier White, Mercury Silver, Oyster Grey and Capsicum Red.
The interior features dark carbon trim that contrasts with the Sport Yellow treatment for the rev counter background and the stitching on the leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The Mégane RS Sport version boasts Renault Sport leather seats, while the more focussed ‘CUP’ model gains even more supportive leather-trimmed Recaro seats with integral side airbags and competition harness slots.
The new-generation, Euro 5-compliant 2,0-litre turbocharged engine employs a twin-scroll turbocharger for enhanced response at low revs, together with the application of continuously variable valve timing and revised fuel injection mapping.
The result is 184 kW of maximum power at 5 500 r/min, matched to 340 Nm of torque at 3 000 r/min. Notably, a full 80 percent of peak torque is available from as low as
1 900 r/min, providing smooth acceleration and superior response.
A six-speed manual gearbox with taller ratios, increased shift precision and a sportier feel, enables the engine’s full performance to be exploited.
The performance figures confirm this. The Mégane RS delivers an exceptional 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 6,1 sec, while the standing 1 000 m start is covered in a scorching 25,7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
The Mégane RS returns class-leading fuel economy for this level of power, with a combined fuel consumption figure of just 8,4 l/100 km, and an equivalent to CO2 exhaust emissions rating of 195 g/km.
The new Renault Mégane RS uses the most advanced version yet of the Renault Sport Performance Hub, an independent steering axis front suspension. This arrangement ensures the stability of the front suspension under hard acceleration or when applying a significant amount of steering lock, thus eliminating torque steer.
For optimal directional precision, the independent front suspension is attached to a so-called ‘horned’ subframe which ensures a level of transverse rigidity three times superior to that of the Mégane II RS.
The programmed-deflection torsion beam set-up at the rear uses a new closed-profile beam that provides the same level of stiffness, while reducing the overall mass.
The Sport chassis delivers the ideal balance between sports performance and everyday driving comfort. With the suspension lowered by 10 mm while employing uprated damper and spring ratings, its anti-roll performance is improved by 12,5 percent over the standard Mégane Coupé.
However, the CUP chassis, with its limited-slip differential raises the bar to new heights, and is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy distinctly sporty driving, as well as those that participate in track days.
Braking performance is exceptional, employing four-pot Brembo brake callipers combined with 340 mm ventilated discs in front and rear 290 mm rear brake discs. In the case of the Mégane RS CUP, the discs are grooved and the callipers painted red.
The Mégane’s electric power steering system has also been recalibrated to suit the new model’s sportier calling. It delivers more precise feedback, with a progressive increase in turning effort into corners, as well as enhanced comfort and control through turns.
CLIO GORDINI RENAULT SPORT
The Clio RS Gordini packs the performance and styling punch of the standard Clio Renault Sport, but gains unrivalled appeal in eye-catching Gordini guise. As with the Twingo, it is instantly identified by the traditional white racing stripes set against the rich Malta Blue colour.
Gloss black highlights embellish the front bumper and rear diffuser, while the use of white for the exterior mirror housings and F1-style aerodynamic front splitter further entrench its motorsport lineage. Contrasting black and diamond-effect 12-spoke aluminium alloy wheels enhance the purposeful appearance.
The Gordini-badged and supportive Renault Sport seats are trimmed in black leather with blue accents along the lower and upper side bolsters. There’s also a blue leather gear lever gaiter and a metallic Gordini-branded gear knob, bolstered by a numbered Gordini plaque on the gear lever console.
The top section of the leather-trimmed three-spoke sports steering wheel is finished in blue leather, with two white stripes to indicate the straight-ahead position. The overall effect is not only sporty and exclusive, but unmistakably Gordini.
The Clio Gordini RS features the bespoke RS Cup chassis as standard. This firmer, more focussed set-up allows the driver to fully exploit the supreme dynamic potential of the car, matched by the wide, low-profile 215/45 R17 tyres.
The braking system incorporates four-piston Brembo callipers, complemented by ABS with EBD, plus ESP which can be deactivated for track days.
At the heart of the Clio Gordini RS is Renault Sport’s praised 1 998 cc four-cylinder, fuel-injected high-performance engine, which generates a peak power of 147,5 kW at 7 100 r/min and 215 Nm of torque at 5 400 r/min. This enables a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 6,9 sec and a top speed of 225 km/h.
As is the case with the Mégane RS CUP, the Clio RS Gordini is fitted with an on-board Renault Sport display as standard equipment. It comprises a feedback telemetry system that provides the driver with real-time information on the engine’s vital statistics and vehicle performance.
As expected of its range-topping status, the Clio RS Gordini boasts a premium level of standard equipment. This includes a rain sensor and automatic headlight activation, cruise control with speed limiter, Renault’s hands-free key and ignition card, automatic climate control, an 80-watt MP3 CD receiver with steering wheel controls, as well as Bluetooth and multimedia connectivity with USB and iPod connections.
TWINGO GORDINI RENAULT SPORT
The Twingo Renault Sport is a pocket rocket in its own right, but gains a further, exclusive edge in Gordini guise. Continuing the proud tradition of the brand, the Twingo Gordini Renault Sport features classic Malta Blue metallic paint, with two contrasting white racing stripes that extend from the bonnet, over the roof to the tailgate.
The front and rear bumpers are enhanced by a gloss black finish, while the fog lamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings and lip spoiler are all picked out in a contrasting white for an even sportier appearance. The exclusive styling is further differentiated by the fitment of striking double-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels matched to lower profile 195/40 R17 tyres.
Gordini-specific special interior features include superb Renault Sport seats with extra lateral support, plus arresting two-tone blue-and-black quilted and Gordini-badged leather upholstery, blue leather door panel inserts, a blue-and-black leather steering wheel – and many more stand-out features.
An extensive array of comfort and safety equipment further positions the Twingo Gordini RS at the top of the pocket rocket class, extending from automatic climate control, cruise control and a top-end sound system with steering wheel-mounted satellite controls, to front, side and curtain side airbags.
The feisty 1,6-litre 16-valve fuel-injected engine employed in the Twingo RS delivers a distinctive, specially tuned engine pitch under acceleration to suit its sporty demeanour. This unit is credited with a peak power output of 98 kW at 6 750 r/min and a lively 160 Nm at 4 400 r/min.
The performance of the Twingo Gordini Renault Sport matches its athletic personality. The hot hatch is achieves a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of just 8,7 seconds, and a maximum speed of 201 km/h. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 7,0 l/100 km, with an emissions rating of 160 g/km.
Buyers of Renault’s evocative RS cars gain a further benefit: advanced driver training is a standard offering with the purchase of any new Renault Sport model. Renault Advanced Driver Training Days comprise an array of skidpan and track activities, with instructors assisting in owners to maximise the use of all the functions of their newly purchased Renault Sport vehicles.
Theory and practical presentation
Active and passive safety demonstrations
Dynamic skid control and collision avoidance
Performance driving techniques
Advanced driver safety awareness.