All-new direct injection 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, pushes out 147kW @ 6000rpm
25Nm more torque than predecessor, and plenty of it mid-range. 240Nm from 1750 to 5500rpm
Quicker from 0-100kph – now 6.7seconds was 6.9
Tips scales at 1204kg – 36kg lighter than previous Clio RS 200
First Renaultsport Efficient Dual Clutch transmission. Six gears – all selectable via full-sized steering column-mounted paddle shifters. Includes first sub-supercar multi-change down function
Host of technical upgrades:
first production car with hydraulic compression stops in shock absorbers (usually preserve of rally cars)
new steering calibration, MacPherson front axle set-up, plus rear axle with 10% increased anti-roll bar stiffness, bigger brakes – 320mm vs 312mm before
RS Drive with three driving modes – alters settings for engine, accelerator pedal, steering and ESC mapping: Normal, Sport and entirely manual Race (shift time ratio of under 150 milliseconds in latter)
Launch Control and fully disconnectable ESC and ASR traction control (in Race mode) for the ultimate track car weapon
RS Diff enhances its cornering grip, standing start performance and understeer removal
Optional Cup chassis gives 3mm lowered ride height, 15% stiffer chassis and quicker steering rack, Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres shod with gloss black 18-inch wheels with red brake calipers
Fuel economy and emissions reduced by almost a quarter. Fuel economy down to 6.4l/100km (combined) and CO2 cut to 144g/km.
F1 blade front bumper, Renaultsport rear spoiler and diffuser, twin exhaust, Daytime Running Lights and side sills
High level of equipment – Bluetooth, USB connectivity, 4x35W 3D Sound Arkamys audio system, R-Link multimedia system with 7-inch touchscreen (Carminat TomTom Live navigation and App Store), keyless start and entry, R-Link integrated tablet with navigation, Renaultsport front seats.
RS Sound Pipe sends engine sound waves directly into cabin for heightened driving experience
Red touches for seatbelts, instrument needles, air vent surrounds, gearlever knob and gaiter
Wide range of options: full leather upholstery, rear view camera, upgraded R.S. Monitor on-board telemetry system (displays real time torque, G-forces, lap times and standing starts among others – data downloadable to USB)
Five body colours, including exclusive Liquid Yellow
Strike action by one of SA's major industrial unions, scheduled to start on Thursday, could affect fuel refineries and depots. Motorists are advise to plan ahead and take necessary steps to ensure they have fuel.