Clio RS 200 EDC-18

Here’s a gallery of the new Renault Clio RS 200 that we first saw in September last year. It’s a big departure from the previous-gen car – five doors vs three (rear handles hidden Alfa 147-style), turbo vs NA, dual-clutch vs manual – so let’s hope that it remains as fun to drive. It looks the part, that’s for sure.

The new hot Clio is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine with 200 hp at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm (up 25 Nm from Clio III RS) from just 1,750 to 5,600 rpm. This new 16-valve four-cylinder unit includes goodies like DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) cam followers developed from F1, direct injection and VVT.

Downsizing is for efficiency, and the new Clio RS uses 6.3 litres of petrol per 100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 144 g per km. Compared with 2.0 litre NA engine of old, this represents savings of almost 25%.

While the old Clio RS didn’t have an auto option, this new one doesn’t have a manual option. The engine is paired exclusively to Renault’s EDC (Efficient Double Clutch) dual clutch, six-speed transmission, described as docile in daily driving and particularly effective in sporty driving. Steering paddles are standard.

Clio RS 200 EDC-11

Freshly released performance figures indicate that the 0-100 km/h sprint takes just 6.7 seconds, while top speed is 230 km/h. The previous-gen hot Clio did 6.9 seconds and 225 km/h. Launch Control with two modes (Sport and the more extreme Race) comes standard.

There’s also an “R.S. Drive” button that modifies the mapping of both the transmission (gear shift programming and shift time) and engine (response to pedal position and engine pitch), while altering the way ESC and ASR traction control intervene, as well as the feel of the power steering. Three modes are available – Normal, Sport and Race.

As usual for RS, there are two chassis options. The optional and more sporting Cup version (TC Euro’s preferred choice of chassis) is 3 mm lower, 15% stiffer and benefits from a quicker steering rack. Yummy!