2017 Renault Clio RS

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If only I could afford one of these beasts!

Absolute beauty! :eek:

Those wheels will be gone in no time in East London roads with all the potholes :mad: It sounds absolutely great in that vid.
 

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Summary

The Renault Clio RS is not the "performance bargain" it once was when compared with the Fiesta ST and Polo GTI. Then again, it’s a more focused driver's car than either the Ford or the Volkswagen. It would be interesting to see how much faster the Renault is than those 2 over a single lap... and whether it would be worth the ride comfort you'd have to sacrifice. Given the improvements to the gearbox, we feel the car is an improvement over the previous version. Specification at this price level is fair and the only options worth considering are the limited edition yellow or white paint finishes. It's hard, it's fast and it's involving. A Renault Clio RS, in other words.

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/renault-clio-rs-2017-first-drive/43412/#.WR8yP1SxWhA
 

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Driven: New Renault RS Clios have real clout

Renault South Africa has launched some Clios with real clout.

Following a recent midlife update to the bread-and-butter models in the French-built hatchback range, the rapid RS 1.6 turbo versions have now arrived to shake up the baby hot-hatch league.

They’re available in two guises: the standard 200 Lux version producing 147kW/260Nm and a 220 Trophy derivative spitting out 162kW and 260Nm (280Nm with overboost) - figures that out-muscle rivals such as the 141kW Polo GTi and 147kW Fiesta ST 200. In case you were wondering, the numbers in the badges refer to the outputs in horsepower.

Each RS variant is mated to a six-speed EDC dual clutch transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. With the assistance of launch control the Clio RS Trophy’s able to sprint to 100km/h in just 6.6 seconds and run to a 235km/h top speed, says Renault, with the Lux just a whisker behind with its quoted figures of 6.7s and 230km/h.

Both versions get wheelspin-reducing electronic diffs that improve cornering traction by applying more engine torque to the front wheel with the most grip. Stiffened sports chassis ensure taut handling in the Clio RS duo, with the Trophy’s suspension further lowered and stiffened.

External styling is beefed up with a sportier front bumper, boot spoiler, rear diffuser, dual exhausts and a bank of additional fog and cornering LED lights in the front spoiler, laid out like a chequered flag. The Trophy version’s further accentuated by red brake callipers, 18 inch alloys (the Lux wears 17s), and a carbon-tipped Akrapovic system with a rortier sound.

An RS Monitor provides telemetry on acceleration times, g forces, lap times and engine data. Standard spec is generous and includes cruise control, navigation, a hands-free key card, park distance control, and body-hugging bucket seats (leather in the Trophy derivative).

I drove both models at the media launch in Cape Town and enjoyed their ability to cover fast, meandering roads. The turbocharged power felt appealingly frisky, with the emotion dialled up a couple of notches by the cheeky four-cylinder symphony. Sharp steering makes the little hatches scamper nimbly through roads that twist through the countryside like spaghetti, while the brakes take a reasonable amount of punishment without fading.

The six-speed EDC dual-clutch auto gearboxes sometimes get themselves a little tongue-tied in the cut-and-thrust driving of a mountain pass. Switching to manual gearchanging doesn’t really work on such twisty roads as the paddles are fixed in place on the steering column and you can only shift when the car’s pointed straight ahead.

Verdict

It is the Lux version that I find more appealing as an overall package despite its power deficit. The Trophy’s suspension is very jarring on less-than-smooth surfaces, and the car feels more like a track-day special. The Lux has a smoother ride on real-world roads while still handling with all the precision you’d need.

FACTS: Renault RS 200 EDC Lux (RS 220 EDC Trophy in brackets)

Engine: 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder turbopetrol
Gearbox: 6-speed automated dual-clutch
Power: 147 (162) kW @ 6050rpm
Torque: 260 (260) Nm @ 2000rpm
0-100km/h (Claimed): 6.7 (6.6) seconds
Top speed (Claimed): 230 (235) km/h
Price: R379 900 (R419 900)
Warranty: 5-year/150 000km
Maintenance plan: 3-year/30 000km

ALTERNATIVES

Ford Fiesta ST 200 147kW/320Nm R339 900
Volkswagen Polo GTI auto 141kW/250Nm R376 000

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/driven-new-renault-rs-clios-have-real-clout-9355671
 

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Engine: 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder turbopetrol
Gearbox: 6-speed automated dual-clutch
Power: 147 (162) kW @ 6050rpm
Torque: 260 (260) Nm @ 2000rpm
0-100km/h (Claimed): 6.7 (6.6) seconds
Top speed (Claimed): 230 (235) km/h
Price: R379 900 (R419 900)
Warranty: 5-year/150 000km
Maintenance plan: 3-year/30 000km
BIG let down
 

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Cars.co.za review of the Clio GT-Line & the RS Trophy

[video=youtube_share;g8ch9hw2bQA]https://youtu.be/g8ch9hw2bQA[/video]
 

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Yeah their sales will be kuk if they have a 30 000/3yr maintenance plan... tells you a lot about build quality if they aren't even confident to give you a minimum of 90 000km plan.
 

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Yeah their sales will be kuk if they have a 30 000/3yr maintenance plan... tells you a lot about build quality if they aren't even confident to give you a minimum of 90 000km plan.
It's a Service Plan, and if I'm not mistaken the Polo GTI is around the same?

This also has a Warranty of 5years/100,000km.
 

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The 200hp powerplant is available with the Sport and Cup chassis, while the 220hp unit can be selected for the Trophy variants. The 220hp Trophy version is capable of out-performing all other sporty vehicles in its class, taking just 6.6 seconds to sprint from 0-100kph, 14.5 seconds to cover 400m from a standing start and going on to reach a top speed of 235kph. - Great stuff :)
 

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MotorMatters review of the updated Clio RS

[video=youtube_share;z2oxt3XVJGQ]https://youtu.be/z2oxt3XVJGQ[/video]
 
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