Renault has shown images of a sharper Clio R.S., and it should be coming to Australia.
Unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the ‘Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC’, to give the mighty-mite its full title, appears to reintroduce a dash of uncompromising performance to the Clio hot hatch; something many felt it lost in the transition to turbocharging and automatic gear shifting.
Power for the Clio R.S. 220 Trophy has been upped from 147kW to 162kW, with peak torque now set 20Nm higher at 260Nm. An additional 20Nm boost is available through fourth and fifth gears, bringing the torque peak to a fulsome 280Nm in those gears.
The gains have come via a larger turbocharger, revised intake and upgraded exhaust system, along with revised ECU mapping to make most of the harder hardware. Maximum revs are upped from 6500rpm to 6800rpm.
The Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) six-speed gearbox also comes under scrutiny and is now capable of 50 per cent faster shifts in race mode. For normal and sport modes, the difference is 40 per cent.
Sitting 20mm lower at the front and 10mm in the rear, the Clio R.S. 220 rides on 205/40/18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres and gains ‘firmer’ dampers along with revised spring rates (some 40 per cent stiffer in the rear, to aid turn-in) and hydraulic bump stops from the world of motorsport.
A faster steering rack has also been fitted, the ratio sharper at 13.2:1 (down from 14.5:1) for more direct feel.
Outside the stance is enhanced with a gloss black roof and a new exterior colour, known as Frost White, which offers a matte finish. A Clio R.S. 220 Trophy-specific rear spoiler, 18-inch alloys with black inserts and ‘Trophy’ badging sets the hottest Clio apart.
Sports seats with integrated headrests up the interior ante and there’s several carbon-look trims lifting the cabin. The Renaultsport Monitor system is an optional extra.
It will go on-sale in the European summer. Australia has been confirmed as a market for the limited-edition Clio R.S 220 Trophy, though don’t expect to see it on these shores before 2016.