TC Euro Cars, guardian of the Renault brand in Malaysia, gave the new Clio RS a media preview at Bangsar Shopping Centre this afternoon. The Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup, to give it its full name, is the younger brother of the Megane RS 250 Cup that we love, and the hottest version of Renault’s B-segment supermini. It’s not the first of its kind to be sold here – TCEC brought in the previous “197” model without the Cup chassis.

The Clio RS 200 Cup is essentially the same car as before, but with a new front end design and tweaks here and there to improve the car. The car comes with F1 inspired aero bits, including front-wing air-extractors, a rear diffuser and a front splitter.

Often hailed as the most fun supermini to drive by the UK press, the Clio RS comes with an independent steering axis front suspension layout, said to be segment exclusive.

The Cup chassis brings a ride height lowered by 7 mm, uprated damper calibration (+27% front, +30% rear), increased torsional rigidity (+10%) and a closer ratio steering (7.5% quicker). All these combine for more feel and more grip. Oh and those brakes are four-pot Brembos.

Under the hood is the familiar F4R RS 2.0-litre engine, probably one of the final few high revving NA engines one can buy before the world gets taken over by forced induction.

Over the one in the old Clio RS, it gets slightly more power (203 hp) and 20% more low-end torque (below 3,000 rpm) thanks to a new cylinder head, continuously variable intake valve timing and engine mapping tweaks. Max torque is 215 Nm at 5,400 rpm. Both max power and torque are made 150 rpm lower than before.

To further improve drivability, the first, second and third gear ratios of the six-speed manual gearbox (sorry, no auto) have all been shortened for better acceleration. 0-100 km/h is done in 6.9 seconds, while the top speed of 225 km/h is 10 km/h higher than before. Rounding things off, combined fuel consumption of 8.2 litres/100 km is 0.7L better than before.

TCEC has elected to bring in the “Ange & Démon” limited 666-unit run version, which means every unit sold here will be a numbered limited edition.

Unlike the standard Clio RS Cup seen in our pics, the Angel & Demon car comes with black wheels, red painted Brembos, leather wrapped Recaros (like those on the Megane RS GT pack) and a choice of pearly white (pretty much like the car here) or “Matt Hologramme Grey” paint. This means that the Clio RS is the only car sold in Malaysia with factory matte paint. Also, the Clio will come with the cool R.S. Monitor, as found in the Megane RS.

The Clio RS 200 Cup retails for RM199,000 OTR without insurance. Order one now and your Angel or Devil will arrive in April. You can head over to BSC for a closer look.