The new model takes things onto a whole new level, both in terms of overall driver appeal and being able to enjoy every day. Under its sleek five-door bodyshell, New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo packs the new Renaultsport-developed 200hp, 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, as well as its performance arm’s first EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission.
Naturally, there is a liberal sprinkling of Renaultsport’s magic, including a few tricks learned from its motor sport success. Combine this with Renault’s very latest thinking when it comes to comfort and versatility, and you have a compelling car which is great to drive and easy to live with. But, when the mood takes them, drivers can also let it off its leash to become a genuine performance car, as well as a potent trackday car.
In addition to its sensuous styling, the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo combines class-leading dynamics with impressively reduced fuel consumption and emissions, down by almost a quarter, so that it’s even cheaper to own.
The New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is 36kg lighter than its predecessor, and even with its hallmark versatility, it retains startling performance when judged against the stopwatch: the 0-62 mph sprint takes just 6.7 seconds, it can cover 1,000 metres in only 27.1 seconds from a standing start and on a racetrack it is capable of reaching a top speed of 143 mph.
In contrast to the elegance of the dominant black trim, a number of red details irresistibly draw the eye and structure the shape of the cabin. The choice of red for New Clio, a colour readily associated with the notion of passion’, is also evocative of the sporty additions introduced by Renaultsport, with the seatbelts and instrument needles being two striking examples. Red has also been used for the visible stitching, the sports steering wheel’s ‘straight ahead’ position marker, the air-vent surrounds and door panel beading. The gear lever knob, too, comes with red touches which are echoed by the visible stitching of the gear lever gaiter.
The anthracite gearshift paddles are fixed behind the steering wheel, while the grey instrument backgrounds are specific to Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo. When the engine is fired up, the rev-counter and fuel gauge needles come to life with a fun display.
A long-standing strength of Renaultsport models, the bucket seats come with additional lateral support in order to provide the high level of seating comfort and stability expected of a Clio flagship. They can also be upholstered in black leather with visible red stitching.
The black gloss centre console houses the 7” touchscreen with R-Link and integrated TomTom navigation with a chrome surround.
UK pricing to be confirmed on 28 February. Ordering opens in April with first deliveries in June