Renault’s plans of establishing a name for itself in the sports hatchback market came to a head at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, as the French automaker debuted the Clio GT.
Unfortunately, the Clio GT doesn’t come close to approaching the performance credentials of the 200-horsepower Clio RS 200 Turbo that was introduced late last year. But fret not, because Renault and its sports car division, RenaultSport, did some justice to the car’s engine to justify giving it the GT name.
Although Renault said that the Clio RS 200 and the Clio GT 120 share similar technical credentials, including turbocharged downsized petrol engines, EDC dual-clutch six-speed multi-mode transmission, steering-column-mounted gear shift paddles, and specific chassis settings, the former’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine’s output of 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque is more powerful than the GT’s likely output of 120 horsepower.
In the Clio GT’s corner though is that its engine comes equipped with direct fuel-injection while also having an EDC transmission whose gear shifts deliver dynamic performance credentials. On top of all that, the Clio GT’s powerplant features significantly lower CO2 emissions of only 120g/km and a combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 5.2 liters/100km (45.2 mpg).
Aerodynamically, the Clio GT was developed with a slew of new components, including a new front bumper, a more pronounced grille, new door and mirror trims, larger air vents, and newly configured LED daytime running lights that now find themselves moved into the spoiler.
Renault just unveiled its all-new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo road-going car in Paris and we all knew it was in for big things. Well, now we know exactly what plans Renault had for it, as the French automaker has announced that a racing version, the Clio Renaultsport Cup will be offered for competition in time for the 2014 British Touring Car Championship.
The Clio Renaultsport Cup will feature an Oreca Magny-Cours-tuned 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-banger that pumps out a stout 220 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) of torque mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox via an AP Racing clutch. The power is delivered to the wheels via a limited-slip differential. Buyers can opt for a paddle-shift interface, if they desire.
Bringing this high-performance Clio to a halt are 320 mm (12.6-inch) AP Racing front rotors, which are squeezed by quad-piston calipers. One-way ZF-Sachs adjustable dampers are on the corners with custom-built aluminum wishbones. Also on the corners are 17-inch Speedline Corse alloy rims, wrapped in performance rubber to keep the Clio glued to the track. Keeping up with the times, Renault will fit the Clio Cup with a data acquisition system integrated into a color TFT screen, so the driver can pull all of his race data immediately.
The body boasts a large rear spoiler that puts down about 40 kg (88.2 lbs) of down-force at 125 mph, helping keep the tires on the ground at high speeds. The press car is draped in white with checkered livery, but we figure you can snag up the Clio Renaultsport Cup in a variety of color schemes.
There’s no mention of pre-installed safety equipment, so we are left to assume that this is something that you need to install to fit whichever racing series you choose to run the Clio Renaultsport Cup in.
This awesome racer will be ready for delivery in the UK in September 2013, so we have a while to wait. You’ll need all of that extra time to save up the whopping €37,800 (about $49,286 at the current rates), plus VAT, attached to this hot hatchback.
Click past the jump to read Renault’s presser.
The Renault Clio RS sees regular use as Nürburgring Taxis, and German tuner, Cam Shaft, felt it was time to release an upgrade kit inspired by these Nürburgring cabs. Now, when we say "inspired by," we use the term rather loosely, as this modification is rather extreme, especially the aesthetics.
The exterior is wrapped in a Graphite Metallic wrap, so the color matches that found on the `Ring taxis, but you get a smattering of lime green on the mirrors, one on the hood (which also boasts a skull decal), and one on the driver side rear quarter panel. The windshield features a rather ominous “Move Right>>” decal that is inverted so you can read it in your rearview mirror. You also get a set of powder-coated lime-green 17-inch rims wrapped in 215/45R17 Kumho rubber.
On the inside, you get a rear-seat and upholstery delete and a lime-green roll bar installed. You also get a set of Recaro racing seats with “Renault Sport” stitched into the headrests. Also added into the interior are several interesting “sticker-bomb” wraps around the center stack bezel, center vent bezel, armrests, and the door sail panels.
If the wrap, interior, and “International Motherf*cker Crew” decals are not extreme enough, what’s under the hood and under this hot hatch’s skin just may seal the deal. On the corners are H&R coilover units to help this hatchback handle the `Ring’s curves and a set of larger brakes borrowed from an Mk2 Renault Megane R26R. Under the hood is the 2.0-liter engine that any Renault Clio RS owner would recognize with a pair of changes, a reprogrammed ECU and a K&N sports air filter. These combine to boost the power output of the 2.0-liter 4-banger from 197 horsepower to 222 horsepower.
There’s no official pricing available on the tune just yet, but we’ll get you a price once Cam Shaft releases it.
Renault sent us for a loop at the 2012 Paris Auto Show by revealing not only the standard version of the new generation Clio, but its RS version as well. This isn’t exactly sports car material, but the RS does get a 200 HP 1.6 turbocharged engine (hence the name "200 Turbo"), which is a vast improvement over the standard model’s 120 HP capability.
When compared to a standard Clio, the RS version will be distinguished by the usual Renault sport elements, including a unique grille and spoiler, new front and rear bumpers, wide-set LED daytime running lights, sill extensions, and 17-inch wheels.
The completely new 1.6 turbocharged engine is coupled with the EDC dual clutch transmission and paddle gear changes. The engine will deliver a total of 200 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque at just 1,750 rpm. Peugeot will announce the engine’s performance numbers in early 2013 when the test drives are in session.
The new Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo will go on sale in 2013.
UPDATE 02/13/13: Renault has officially announced a base price for the Clio RS 200 in France. Check out how much it’s going to cost and the conversion rate in USD after the jump.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo. Full story
It looks like the new generation Renault Clio will get more than its fair share of body styles. Next to the standard version, the RS version, and the Gordini version spied by our photographers, it looks like the new Clio is also going to receive a station wagon variant.
The upcoming Clio Wagon has been caught testing somewhere in Eastern Europe, and despite its heavy camouflage, the model looks to be almost identical to the hatchback version, except of course, for its elongated trunk.
Under the hood, we will see the same engine line-up as in the hatchback: a base 90 HP 0.9-liter 3-cylinder engine, a 90 HP 1.5-liter dCi turbo diesel engine, and a 120 HP 1.2 liter four-cylinder engine. All engines will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Of course, the station wagon version won’t get an RS version, so customers looking for a sportier model will have to stick to the hatchback.
The new Renault Clio Wagon will make its official debut in early 2013.
The first spy shots of an almost completely naked Renault Clio RS just popped up yesterday, but the testing has resumed again today with a new testing model featuring a cool white exterior paint. As revealed yesterday, the future Clio RS will feature a more aggressive exterior look with bigger air intakes in the front bumper and bigger wheels and brakes. It will also have two big exhaust pipes, one on each side.
As for the engine lineup, rumors suggest that the upcoming Clio RS will be offered with turbocharged versions of the engines found in the standard Clio. This means we will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines with outputs taken up to an impressive 200 HP. A new 900 cc three cylinder engine will be added to the line-up, but power for this engine will undoubtedly be much lower.
Expect to see the new Renault Clio RS launched sometime in 2013.
Fresh from testing its upcoming Renault Clio RS, Renault took out its new Clio for a few testing rounds of its own. Our spy photographers are suggesting that this new model might be called "Gordini," and will be launched alongside the Clio RS sometime in 2013.
At first glance, this new prototype may look exactly like the Clio RS, but upon closer inspection, you will notice a sporty looking front bumper with big air intakes. This new bumper features a different design than in the RS, but will have similar characteristics. Also, while the RS features two big exhaust pipes - one on each side - the Clio Gordini will have a twin exhaust on the left side only.
The new Renault Clio Gordini will be placed under the upcoming Clio RS, meaning that it will deliver a little less power than the RS.
Renault engineers have been testing the more powerful version of the current Clio for some time, but we were finally able to get pictures of the future Clio RS devoid of any camouflage. As you can see from these pictures, the RS version will feature a more aggressive exterior look with bigger air intakes in the front bumper and bigger wheels and brakes. At the rear, you will also notice two big exhaust pipes, one on each side.
As for the engine lineup, expect to see turbocharged versions of the engines found in the standard Clio. This means we will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines with outputs taken up to an impressive 200 HP. It is also being rumored that a new 900 cc three cylinder engine will be added to the line-up.
The new Renault Clio RS will debut sometime in 2013.
French automaker Renault has been hard at work redesigning its flagship compact car, the Clio. We actually caught a few pictures of its high-performance variant, the Clio RS, testing with full camo last month. Then, Renault or Ireland mistakenly posted an image of this upcoming vehicle on its website and we were able to get a good look at the future model ahead of schedule.
Renault, of course, did not confirm nor deny that the leaked image was actually of the freshly redesigned Clio, but it is fairly obvious now that they have released official details on this upcoming new hatchback.
Unfortunately, as it has been for the last 23 years, this and all Renault vehicles will not be available in the U.S. The only hope we have of seeing a Renault-built car is the possibility that the upcoming revival of the Alpine brand may make its way to the U.S.
So how does this compact hatchback’s redesign stack up?
Click past the jump to read our full review and find out. Full story
The 2013 Renault Clio went out testing just the other day, but it seems the French company wasn’t very happy about the results as they took it out again for another round of testing. As you can see, the car has been rid of some of its camouflage here and there and that nasty engine bump we’ve seen in the previous prototype is also missing.
The 2013 Renault Clio will benefit from a new exterior design that includes new headlamps, a redesigned front bumper, and a new rear. The interior will also receive some important changes, including the addition of higher quality materials, new safety features, and, of course, some of the latest technologies.
As for the engine line-up, customers will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines along with a new 900 cc three cylinder engine producing 85 HP. Diesel fans will enjoy a 1.5 dCi i4 which produces between 75 to 105 HP, plus a new 1.2 L turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivering 80 and 98 HP.