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The Renault Sandero RS 2.0 has been officially unveiled at the 2015 Buenos Aires Motor Show. First teased in April, the Sandero RS 2.0 will go down in history as the first-ever RS model to be built outside of Europe – it is destined to go on sale exclusively in Latin American markets, early next year.

On the outside, the Sandero RS 2.0 differs from its lesser sibling by adopting an aggressive front fascia, replete with mesh grille inserts, a Clio RS-esque bumper and LED daytime running lights. Moving back, side skirts, 17-inch black alloy wheels (shod in 205/45 Continental ContiSportContact 3 tyres), smoked taillights, tailgate spoiler, a rear diffuser-like element and twin, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes help complete the look.

Under the bonnet, the car comes powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine with 145 hp – torque figures remain undisclosed. Various sources are led to believe that the engine is, in fact, a reengineered version of the 2.0 litre mill found in Dacia Duster.

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Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the car is expected to hit 100 km/h from nought in about eight seconds and top out at around 210 km/h – once again, Renault has decided to remain mum on exact performance figures. Other performance upgrades include a braking system comprised of four discs, stiffer suspension, revised steering and a stability control programme with a sportier algorithm.

On the inside, drivers are presented with sport seats with contrasting grey-red accents, steel pedals, a leather-wrapped RS steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control. Elsewhere, a combination of gloss black, silver and red accents are to be found on the centre console and air-con vents.