The new Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo will be available to order in 2013 with the first orders scheduled for June. We will be able to confirm prices in a few weeks time.
The Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is powered by 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine outputting 200hp/240Nm via the twin-clutch six-speed gearbox. This equates to a 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds (it has launch control!) and a top speed of 143 mph. The official combined fuel consumption is 44.8 mpg and CO2 emissions 144g/km.
The Clio will be the first car to be fitted with a six speed Renaultsport Efficient Dual Clutch transmission, gears being selected via full-sized steering column-mounted paddle shifters; it even features a multi-change down function.
The Renaultsport 200 Turbo features an electronic differential, which is far more responsive than the ESC. As with Megane 265 you have the choice of choice of two chassis. The optional Cup chassis is designed for even greater dynamics: it is 3mm lower, 15 per cent stiffer and benefits from a quicker steering rack – personally this is an option on our wish list.
You can also decide how the car should behave via the ‘R.S. Drive’ button which modifies the mapping of both the transmission (gear shift programming and shift time) and engine (response to pedal position and engine pitch). It also alters the way the ESC and ASR traction control intervene, as well as the weighting of the power steering. There are three modes (‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’).
Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo ‘R.S. Drive’ Modes
|R.S. Drive modes||‘Normal’||‘Sport’||‘Race’|
|Accelerator pedal feel||Comfort||Dynamic||Dynamic|
|Pedal feel||Progressive||Reduced lag||Reduced lag|
|R.S.: audible shift warning before engine cut-off (in manual EDC mode)||No||Yes (manual mode)||Yes (manual mode)|
|‘Ambilight’||No||Gradient colour light||Gradient colour light|
|Gear shift programming with ‘Drive’ selected||Eco / Comfort||Sport: appropriate corrections (e.g. anticipates downshifts)||Entirely manual|
|Gear shift times with ‘Drive’ or ‘Manual’ selected||Progressive||Fast||Very fast (less than 150ms)|
|Power steering||Soft feel / drive comfort||Firm||Firm|
|ESC + ASR traction control||Normal / Safety||Sport: sliding accepted||Fully disconnected: no influence|
The Launch Control system is primed by pressing on the brake with the left foot while at the same time pulling on the two gearshift paddles situated behind the steering wheel. When the accelerator is fully depressed with the car at a standstill, the engine revs to 2,500rpm. In ‘Sport’ mode: When the brake is released, the system optimises its acceleration while wheel spin is controlled by the ASR traction control. Gears shifts are also optimised. When operated in ‘Race’ mode: the ASR traction control is disconnected and gear shifts are entirely manual. This ‘expert’ mode is efficient when grip is optimal, but it is also much more demanding in terms of car control.
Renault have worked hard to ensure the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is noisy yet legal, so they have fitted R.S. SOUND PIPE which directs the engine noise is amplified mechanically by a membrane and transmitted via a pipe into the cabin. Coupled with the R-Link tablet, this fun application reproduces the sound of several high-performance engines and plays them back via the car’s own loud speakers. A choice of seven sounds is available, three of which are specific to New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo (Alpine A110, R8 Gordini and Nissan GT-R). A sound-management algorithm takes into account the engine speed, accelerator pedal position and speed to guarantee an astonishingly realistic sound experience. Parameters like volume can be adjusted using the R-Link screen.
Standard Equipment includes a reach and rake steering wheel, heated electric mirrors, touchscreen satellite navigation (R-Link), hands-free kit, Radio Bluetooth, USB socket, Bass Reflex speaker system, cruise control, speed limiter, auto windscreen wipers, climate control, body coloured rear parking sensors or rear parking camera (the latter is an option linked to R-Link) and fold-flat rear seat with 60/40 split.
New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is available in a choice of five body colours, including the exclusive, emblematic Liquid Yellow, Glacier White, Flame Red, Deep Black and Mercury. The standard 17-inch ‘Renaultsport’ alloy wheels can be upgraded for optional Gloss Black or anthracite ‘Renaultsport’ 18-inch wheels.Published 14 February 2013