There is a new hot-hatch speedster in town intent on giving the other regulars in this community more than just food for thought – but, the new Renault Clio RS 18 means more to the brand than just being a quick car.
Unashamedly making the link between the race track and the road, CLIO RS 18 bears the same name as the Renault F1 race car competing in Formula 1. It also features the same iconic colour scheme as the Renault Sport F1 Team car, namely its Deep Black cloak and accented Liquid Yellow.
Clio RS 18’s exclusive styling is also reflected in the Renault Sport decals added to the door panels and the roof. The blacked out badging and rear diffuser contrasted by the yellow details on the side strips, front blade and wheel caps make the overall look even more radical. The doorsills on this limited edition model also reveal a unique number for that added acclaim.
However, with changes across the range, this flagship derivative also signifies an achievement peak for the small car that is now the world’s all-time best-selling French car with more than 13-million sales since launching in 1990.
It made its debut into South Africa in 2000 and the the Clio 4 model has sold more than 25 800 units since its introduction.
The new Renault Clio represents the first production model to get the design direction advocated by Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Senior Vice-President for Corporate Design, as expressed in the concept car, DeZir, unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
This involves a distinctive front-end styling featuring a bolder version of the diamond-shaped logo, enhanced by the low the new Pure Vision LED headlights on the flagship models.
Inside, the versatile R&Go application is available within the Clio Authentique. This easy-to-use and customisable interface offers access to advanced technology even from the entry level of the Renault Clio range.
Developed to enhance the driving experience, R&Go is a smartphone/tablet multifunction application that adds functionality to the vehicle, allowing access to four different universes: Multimedia, phone, vehicle and navigation.
The rest of the Clio range comes standard with Renault’s MediaNav integrated navigation/multi-media system with large 18 cm touchscreen display.
Renault’s new generation F1-inspired 66 kW and 88 kW Turbo petrol engines optimise power and performance and,in line with consumer demand, an 88kW Auto (EDC) engine is also available in the Expression derivative.
The 66 kW Turbo engine has an output of 135 Nm, with claimed fuel consumption from only 5,5 l/ 100 km and 126 g/km CO2 emissions, whilst the 88 kW 1.2 Turbo engine delivers 190 Nm torque with fuel efficiency from 5,2 l/ 100 km and CO2 emissions of 120 g/km.
Clio achieved a five star EuroNCAP rating, with features and equipment, such as ESP,anti-lock braking, EBD + Brake Assist, D+P+S airbags and power windows as standard across the entire range.
The Clio RS 18 is powered by a 1,6-litre turbo-charged engine, featuring a lowered and stiffened Trophy chassis – front suspension featuring hydraulic compression stops and an Akrapovic exhaust system.
Clio RS 18 has Launch Control fand a range of track oriented features including the RS Drive button that gives access to three modes: Normal, Sport and Race. According to the mode, RS Drive alters the mapping of the gearbox, ESC behaviour, steering and the sensitivity of the accelerator pedal. Multifaceted and versatile.
The engine delivers 162 kW at 6 050 r/min and torque of 280 Nm is reached from just 2 000 r/min and drives through the EDC 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5,9 l/ 100 km.
Standard features include onboard navigation via the 7-inch touchscreen, with a range of other easy-to-use one touch functionalities – Multimedia, radio and telephone systems with Bluetooth connectivity – cruise Control and rain sensors
As with Renault’s entire range, the Clio models come standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. The Clio range also offers a standard 3-year/45 000 km service plan with the RS being 3-year/ 30 000 km. Service intervals are set at 15 000km, with RS models at 10 000 km.
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