2013 Renault Clio RS 200 review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 29 September 2012 , 16:09:29 byEmil

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Renault Clio RS 200

Maybe a lot of us were waiting for a new Renault Clio RS 200 powered by a naturally-aspirated engine equipped with a manual transmission. Unfortunately, it is clear this will not happen as the carmaker revealed the new Clio RS 200 and it is a more focused hot hatchback than its predecessor. Under the hood it has a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that sends the power to the wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. This engine is capable of developing 197 BHP at 6.000 rpm and 177 lb. ft. of torque at 1.750 rpm. The gearbox mentioned above is actually called Efficient Dual Clutch and it can work alone or it can be manually controlled with the shifters mounted on the steering wheel. The RS button makes the change between the normal and Sport modes.

The difference between the two refers to the engine parameters, the gearbox mapping, the steering feel and the response of the throttle pedal. In the Race mode, the engine enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds. The new French Renault Clio RS 200 will also receive as an option the Launch Control system which helps sprinting faster. In standard mode, the new hatchback will be equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, but the ones that are not really satisfied with them, can also opt for the 18-inch ones offered for more money, of course. In terms of braking, the new Renault Clio RS 200 features a braking system that has 320 mm discs on the front axle which are actually bigger than the ones used on the current Clio RS.

In terms of design, you should know the new Clio has a front F1-style blade, a spoiler and rear diffuser, redesigned bumpers, sill extensions and also LED DRLs. On the inside it features sports bucket seats which can also be wrapped in leather for an extra charge and actually the cabin is red-trimmed. As standard, the French carmaker also provided hands free entry, starter button, Bluetooth and USB support, the new R-Link infotainment system and touch screen navigation. For the ones that want more, the specialists also offer automatic climate control and parking sensors.