2013 Renault Clio

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  • Renault Clio
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    2013
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    inline-3
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    fice-speed transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    90 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    99 @ 2500
  • Displacement:
    900 cc
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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.

 

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2019 Renault Clio SUV

2019 Renault Clio SUV

Renault is preparing to launch a small crossover based on the next Clio city car, aiming to woo buyers away from the Ford Fiesta Active, Hyundai i20 Active and other similar small high-riders. What’s a bit strange is that the French automaker already has just such a vehicle in its range, called the Captur, but apparently, this one is going to be placed under it in the model lineup.

We also don’t yet know what Renault wants to call this new model, whether it will use the Clio SUV or a completely new name. One thing’s certain - it won’t be merely a Clio with extra ground clearance and body cladding; its body is taller and looks different compared to the fifth-gen Clio we’ve seen in another batch of spy photos.

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The Next Clio R.S. Could Use Renault's New 1.8-Liter Turbo From The Megane R.S. and Alpine A110

The Next Clio R.S. Could Use Renault’s New 1.8-Liter Turbo From The Megane R.S. and Alpine A110

If this is true, the performance potential of the Clio R.S. is going to blow the roof

Renault is considering putting its new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Clio R.S. This might not seem newsworthy to some, but consider this: the 1.8-liter turbo four is the same engine powering the Megane R.S. hot hatch and the Alpine A110. There are now reports that Renault is thinking about using a detuned version of the same engine on the smaller Clio R.S., leaving the potential to make it the most powerful Clio made to date.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Renault Clio R.S.18

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Renault Clio R.S.18

Renault decided to dish a nod to the Clio 220 EDC Trophy with this, the Clio R.S.18. To make the car stand out among the Clio range and pay proper homage, of course, Renault kicked things off with some F1-styled exterior enhancements and a special paint scheme. The interior got some special goodies like leather and Alcantara while the juice comes from a 1.6-liter turbo mill with 220 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque on tap. It’s enough for a 6.6-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 146 mph – not bad for a small hatch. Of course, it was a special edition model so if you don’t have one already; you’re pretty much out of luck. At least you can decorate your desktop with it thanks to a few hand-picked wallpapers. Go ahead and pick one out for yourself.

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2018 Renault Clio R.S.18

2018 Renault Clio R.S.18

It’s mostly of the cosmetic variety, but it’s still good enough to get our attention

Renault’s involvement in Formula One has crossed over into its production car business at various points in the past. Now, the French automaker is dipping into that pond again with the launch of the Clio R.S.18, a new iteration of Renault’s feisty five-door hatchback that traces its roots to the Clio 220 EDC Trophy.

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Jennings Motor Group Renders 10 Everyday Family Cars As Supercars

Jennings Motor Group Renders 10 Everyday Family Cars As Supercars

Injecting your routine with extra excitement

From wide body kits to free flowing exhaust kits, carbon fiber interior vinyl wraps to oversized rear wings, there’s no shortage of aftermarket options when it comes to making the family errand-runner as close as possible to looking like a full-fledged supercar. But what if we could snap our fingers and turn that commonplace commuter into a seven-figure eater of worlds capable of hanging with the best from Ferrari, Porsche, and Koenigsegg? That’s exactly what Jennings Motor Group did with these 10 everyday family cars, now rendered to supercar stardom.

Included in the list are favorites from the likes of Mini, Renault, Fiat, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota, Smart, Kia, Tesla, and Lada, each of which was blessed with the traditional supercar stance and more sharp ends than a needle factory. Some make a little more sense than the others, but regardless, we think the renderings look badass, and wouldn’t mind if the respective automakers took the hint that more supercars are indeed always welcome. Of course, we want to know – do these renderings for it for you as well? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, but before you post, check out all 10 renderings after the jump.

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Renault Drops Production Plans For Clio RS16

Renault Drops Production Plans For Clio RS16

Production for the Alpine sports car ended up taking priority over the hot hatch

The Renault Sport Clio RS16 Concept was supposed to get a production model, with recent spy shots suggesting that Renault was already doing test runs for the super hot hatch. Well, douse those hopes and dreams with water because the Clio RS16 will no longer make it to production.

A spokesman for Renault broke the news to Autocar, saying that the company came to this decision in large part because of the start of production of the Alpine sports car. Apparently, the Clio RS16 was supposed to be built at the Alpine Dieppe production facility, the same facility that will handle the production of the Alpine sports car. Seeing as the facility specializes in low volume, hand-built production cars, Renault came to the conclusion that it needed all hands on deck on the sports car, leaving very little resources on the side of the Clio RS16.

Essentially, the Alpine sports car was Renault’s priority because the company had bigger and longer term plans for the model, including using it as the first in a series of Alpine models.

Company execs thought about delaying the RS16’s production until the production for the Alpine sports car got off the ground, but ultimately decided it couldn’t come up with a reasonable timetable - earliest launch would’ve been 2018 - to avoid keeping its customers waiting too long. So, instead of delaying it, Renault went with icing the model completely.

The news comes as a blow to a lot of people who had high expectations for the Clio RS16, myself included. At the time of the concept’s launch last May, the super hot hatch was billed as the highest performance road-going R.S. model in history, an achievement in it of itself considering that Renault Sport was also responsible for pocket rockets like the Megane RS275 Trophy-R. At the very least, the Clio RS16 was also pegged to be a real threat in annihilating the Nurburgring lap record for a front wheel drive car that’s currently held by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Well, the Golf GTI Clubsport’s lap record is safe…for now.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16

2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16

The French firm is working on a new, beefed-up Clio

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Highlighted by a significantly redesigned body and interior, the new hatchback also received brand-new and updated engines. Another major change is that unlike its predecessors, it’s only available in five-door hatchback and wagon versions, with Renault having dropped the three-door hatch and four-door sedan variants. Underpinned by the ubiquitous Alliance B platform co-developed with Nissan, the fourth-gen hatch also spawned a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC. Come 2016, and Renault is working on an even more extreme version of the Clio R.S..

The upcoming hot-hatch was just spotted testing in Europe and by the looks of things it is heavily based on the Clio R.S. 16 concept that Renault unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix in May 2016. Named after the company’s 2016 season F1 car, the R.S. 16 was created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team. The concept features unique styling features on the outside, while motivation comes from Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, a significant update over the Clio R.S. 220 Trophy, the most powerful production Clio to date.

Even though Renault has yet to confirm that the R.S. 16 is set to become a production model, the hatchback’s presence on public roads alongside the upcoming Alpine sports car suggests that Renault wants to take things up a notch when it comes to its small hatchback. Not much is known about it as of this writing and the "R.S. 16" name is not yet official, but we’ve come up with a speculative piece about what this beefed-up Clio might bring to the table.

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2017 Renault Clio R.S.

2017 Renault Clio R.S.

Gets R.S. 16-inspired updates, still won’t come to the U.S.

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a significantly redesigned body and interior, as well as and updated drivetrains. Unlike its predecessors, it was only made available in five-door hatchback and five-door estate body styles. Underpinned by the Alliance B platform co-developed by Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s, but enhanced by range of modern updates, the fourth-gen Clio spawned a couple of track-ready models — the R.S. 200 and the limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC. The entire lineup received its mid-cycle update in 2016.

Also in 2016, Renault unleashed the R.S. 16, a concept car created to mark Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s comeback to Formula One as a manufacturer. Although the R.S. 16 isn’t likely to spawn a production model, it was used as inspiration for the facelifted R.S. 200 and the R.S. 220 Trophy, both receiving the aggressive front bumper design, among other features.

“The new Clio R.S. offers the full spectrum of Renault Sport technology for immediate driving pleasure. The model also inaugurates the highly efficient and innovative R.S. VISION lighting system, Renault Sport’s exclusive lighting signature,” announced Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Cars.

Both models will go on sale starting September 2016 and, much like its predecessors, it won’t cross the pond to the United States. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing unless you live in the European markets where the Clio R.S. is being sold.

Update 7-22-2016: We’ve created a new video that covers the highlights of the 2017 Renault Clio. Click play to watch the video!

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2017 Renault Clio

2017 Renault Clio

Renault give the Clio a very mild facelift for 2017

The Renault Clio has been a successful model, selling at least 13 million units in the past 26 years, and now, Renault has announced a face-lift for the fourth-generation Clio. Before you start holding your breath and expecting to see a radically new Clio, don’t let me get your hopes up – this is a very mild refresh. On the outside, the car changes very little with the same grille, side profile, and most of the rear end carrying over from the current design. Inside, you’ll find a lot of familiarities as well, but there are some touches done to trim elements at the like. There are a total of 11 engines available, with a new 110 horsepower diesel with a six-speed manual being new to the range to go with the option of a six-speed manual for the 120 horsepower gasoline engine.

With that said, I think Renault boasted the word “new” with this facelift a little too much based on what I’ve seen here, but I won’t rag on them too bad for trying to pull one over on us. To go along with the facelift, Renault is also releasing the Initiale Paris special edition at the same time. This special edition includes an exclusive Givre Grey metallic finish, Nappa leather padded steering wheel and gear shifter, special door panel and dashboard trim, and leather seats in black or black-and-white. It comes standard with features like a Bose audio system, LED Pure Vision headlights, and an R-LINK Evolution infotainment system. Engine options include a 90-horsepower or 120-horsepower gasoline engine or a set of diesels that are available with 90 or 110 horsepower. All told, it’s probably the best version of the Clio money can buy, but we’re not here to talk about it, so let’s take a look at Renault’s “new” facelifted Clio.

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2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept

2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept

The quickest and most powerful Clio in history!

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a significantly redesigned body and interior as well as brand-new and updated engines. Unlike its predecessors, it didn’t receive three-door hatchback and sedan versions, being offered only as a five-door hatch or five-door estate. The Clio IV is underpinned by the Alliance B platform co-developed by Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s, but features comprehensive updates that makes it suitable for the 21st century. The fourth-gen hatch also spawns a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC with output increased from 197 horsepower to 217 horsepower.

In 2016, Renault’s high-performance division has unleashed yet another R.S.-badged Clio. Unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on May 27, the new beefed-up hatch wears the R.S. 16 moniker. Although new in this configuration, the "16" numeral was originally introduced on the first-generation Clio, with the 16S being used in certain markets for a performance-oriented version that replaced the 5 GT Turbo. The current name is actually identical to that of the 2016 season Formula One car.

Created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team, the new hatch is the highest performance road-going R.S. model in history and was developed in only five months. Unfortunately, it is only a concept for now and the French firm didn’t say whether it will spawn a production model or not.

“Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials,” said Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars. “On paper, producing a Clio R.S. powered by our most potent engine was an extremely appealing idea, but we had to make sure it was feasible.”

Until Renault gives us more information about the production potential of the R.S. 16 concept, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the detailed review below.

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2016 Renault Clio 220 Trophy EDC by Waldow Performance

2016 Renault Clio 220 Trophy EDC by Waldow Performance

Hot hatch becomes more lethal in every way imaginable

Performance hatchbacks have become so popular these days that it seems that just about every automaker has one in its lineup. Some companies only joined the hot hatch race in recent years, while others have been around for so long they might as well be considered godfathers of today’s hot hatches.

One company that counts itself as belonging in the latter group is Renault. Yep, the French automaker has been building these pocket rockets about as long as most people can remember. That tradition remains alive today in the form of two cars: the Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S and the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC. The latter, in particular, only made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show but in the year since, it has already made an impression in the tuning world.

Waldow Performance is the latest tuner to take a stab at the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC and the German tuner wasted little time giving it a full-scale overhaul on multiple facets of the hot hatch. The objective, it seems, is to make the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC more performance-conscious than it already is. That may be a challenge considering the lengths Renault already took to achieve that goal, but to its credit, Waldow Performance proved to be up to the task in giving the hot hatch the upgrades it needed to become even more of a threat on the road and the track.

There’s plenty to go by as far as the modifications are concerned. It’s a fitting upgrade for a hot hatch that already packs quite a punch by itself.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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Carfection Pits Three Hot Hatchbacks Against Each Other: Video

Carfection Pits Three Hot Hatchbacks Against Each Other: Video

Ford Focus ST vs Renault Clio vs Mini John Cooper Works

Picking among three of the most compelling hot hatchbacks in the segment can get a little tricky, even for well-heeled individuals who know their way around these cars. Fortunately, the fine folks over at Carfection are here to give us a little helping hand. In this episode, they lined up an American pocket rocket in the form of the Ford Fiesta ST, a French performance savant disguised as the Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy, and a retro-styled British maven that we’ve come to know as the Mini John Cooper Works. The objective? See which of these three hot hatches are worth your time, and more importantly, your money.

As different as these three cars are, they also have some things in common. That’s precisely why picking which of the three is the “best” really boils down on what you want from your hot hatchback. The Fiesta ST, for instance, gives you the purest performance and it’s also the cheapest of the three. Then there’s the Clio RS 220 Trophy, which notwithstanding its ridiculously long name, gives you more power than the Fiesta ST, resulting in a faster 0-to-60 time and a higher top speed. Finally, there’s Mini’s JCW hot hatch, which tops at 152 mph. Pretty tricky, right?

The numbers say it is, but once you get behind the wheel of these cars, those numbers take a backseat to the minutiae of how they drive and how they handle on the road. There’s no better indicator of an awesome hot hatch than its ability to make you think that you’re driving a sports car. That’s what Carfection sought to find out and for what it’s worth, their verdict is pretty much in line with mine. Go check it out, even if the entire episode runs a little north of 17 minutes. Trust me, every minute is worth it.

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Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy Posts Record Lap Time At The Nurburgring

Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy Posts Record Lap Time At The Nurburgring

As competitive as the supercar market is these days, the hot hatch segment is arguably as, if not, more competitive. No place is that more evident than at the famous Nurburgring where countless cars of all shapes and sizes have performed hot laps to determine their place against the competition. The Honda Civic Type R is currently the record-holder in the FWD hot hatchback segment, but the B-segment small hot hatch market has a new record-holder.

The Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy has taken its place atop the segment after posting a blistering lap time of 8:32. For a little perspective, the standard Clio RS200 EDC posted a lap time time of 9:08. Do the math and the Clio RS 220 is 36 seconds quicker than its standard counterpart. Pretty impressive!

Sport Auto editor Christian Gebhardt was behind the wheel of the Clio RS 220 Trophy in its record-setting lap time. Gebhardt certainly had his fill at the ‘Ring, piloting other B-segment hot hatches around the track. None of them came close to the Clio RS 220 Trophy, with the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works coming the closest at 8:35. The Opel Corsa OPC came in just behind at 8:40, narrowly edging out the Audi S1 at 8:41.

The Clio RS 220 Trophy is still 42 seconds off the pace of the Honda Civic Type R’s 7:50 lap time, but considering that the Renault runs a segment lower than the Honda, it shouldn’t diminish its accomplishment. The hot hatch is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo engine that produces as much as 220 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A torque boost function enables a peak torque of 207 pound-feet.

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2015 Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC

2015 Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC

Established as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini, Renaultsport has been responsible for developing and building the brand’s high-performance and racing vehicles since 1976. Motorsport highlights included the Le Mans-winning A442 (1978), the Dakar-winning 20 Turbo 4x4 (1982) and the tiny 5 Turbo, but the performance division also built a bevy of road-going cars using its race-bred technology. Having set a Nurburgring record for FWD cars with the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, (now apparently beaten by the new Honda Civic Type R), Renaultsport decided to focus on creating a more powerful version of the Clio RS 200. The end result goes by the name RS 220 Trophy and it just made its global debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Although it’s unlikely it will be used to set new track benchmarks, the RS 220 Trophy trumps its direct competitors on paper, thanks to its beefed-up turbocharged four-cylinder. Its tweaked chassis also recommends it as potent track toy, but does it have what it takes to leave a mark in a segment dominated by cheaper offerings from Volkswagen and Ford?

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC.

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2014 Renault Clio RS Monaco GP

2014 Renault Clio RS Monaco GP

We’re quite aware that the Geneva Motor Show is going to be a busy time in the industry. With so many debuts that are scheduled during the show, it’s easy to see a lot of models get lost in the shuffle.

That’s the nature of an event like Geneva, but one car we know is going to get its well-deserved shine is the Renault Clio RS Monaco GP.

The special edition model is going to make its debut in Geneva and while we do admire the look of the Clio RS’standard guise, we’re a little disappointed that the Clio RS Monaco GP didn’t carry a little more modifications to it.

From what this single photo of the Clio RS Monaco GP is showing us, the car is sporting an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint finish with some nice glossy touches on the front grille, mirror casings, window surrounds and the lower section of the front bumper. Those are some pretty slick details and further highlighted by a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys.

No interior photos have been released, but word has it that the Clip RS Monaco GP will be sporting a white dashboard and door panels to go with Renault’s RS Monitor that lets drivers record lap times and carry other performance data.

Power comes by way of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Taken into consideration the Clip RS Monaco GP can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 143 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Renault Clio RS

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2013 Renault Clio R3T Rally Car

2013 Renault Clio R3T Rally Car

With the launch of the new Renault Clio, it was only right for Renault to also give an update to its existing rally car, the Clio Renaultsport R3. After all, it’s been seven years since the R3 first hit the rally scene so it’s high time that a new one shows its face, right?

Well, Renault Sport Technologies is acquiescing and has released new information about the R3’s successor, the Clio Renaultsport R3T rally car. Set to launch in 2014, the R3T was built to comply with current FIA R3 regulations, which will now come with at least a turbocharged version of the car’s existing 1.6-liter engine that Renault Sport engineers have continuously adapted to racing specifications.

In addition to the revised engine, the R3T will also come with a host of modifications, specifically built and developed for rally purposes. Among these include a new six-speed sequential transmission with optional steering-wheel paddle shifters in the asphalt version, as well as specialized equipment, including Sadev gearboxes, Sachs shock absorbers, PFC brakes, and Cosworth electronics.

All these updates should give the Clio Renaultsport R3T an impressive package that will create interest from rally teams all over the world. The model isn’t expected to gain approval until the latter part of 2014, but Renault wants to make sure that the returns end up becoming worth the wait.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Renault Clio

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Video: Chris Harris Puts the Renault Clio RS 200 Against the Ford Fiesta ST Mountune

Video: Chris Harris Puts the Renault Clio RS 200 Against the Ford Fiesta ST Mountune

Last time Chris Harris tested the Ford Fiesta ST he decided to do so in a rather strange way...

In the latest episode of Drive, Harris decided to find a more suitable test for the ST, as he put it against a Renault Clio RS 200. We’ll need to be completely honest with you from the start, and let you know that this was no ordinary ST. This one is actually carrying with it a dealer-installed Mountune performance kit.

For those that aren’t familiar with the Ford Fiesta ST Mountune, we’ll remind you that this petite hatchback delivers 215 PS (212 horsepower) at at 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm (236) pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. This puts the Clio at a 12-horsepower and 59-pound-feet disadvantage, but it has a paddle-operated gearbox to the Fiesta’s manual, making it easier to launch and shift.

Check out the video to see Harris pushing the two little hatches to almost to their breaking point, and find out if the paddle-shift auto helps out enough to overcome the huge power gap.

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2013 Renault Clio GT 120 EDC

2013 Renault Clio GT 120 EDC

The Renault Clio GT 120 EDC is a tricky little car. On the one hand, you have to give Renault some credit for giving the car top-quality aesthetics and an aura of sportiness. That’s a pretty big deal, especially considering the market the car belongs to.

On the other hand, it’s not really all that powerful; at least not as powerful relative to the competition. That’s a pretty big deal, too.

So, when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, you have to evaluate your options and determine what’s more important to you.

As far as our tastes go, we’re always looking for a car that can back up its sporty looks with performance numbers that’ll excite. The Clio GT 120 EDC doesn’t tickle our fancy that way.

But make no mistake, there’s still some admirable qualities about this car. It’s just that if given a choice, you can opt for a higher trim from the Clio range and get all that you want.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Clio GT 120 EDC

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2013 Renault Clio GT

2013 Renault Clio GT

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.

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2014 Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup

2014 Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup

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.

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2012 Renault Clio RS by Cam Shaft

2012 Renault Clio RS by Cam Shaft

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.

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2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo

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.

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2013 Renault Clio Wagon

2013 Renault Clio Wagon

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.

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Spy Shots: Renault Clio RS Goes Testing in White

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.

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2013 Renault Clio Gordini

2013 Renault Clio Gordini

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.

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Spy Shots: Renault Clio RS Stripped of its Camouflage

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.

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2013 Renault Clio

2013 Renault Clio

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.

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Spy Shots: Renault Clio heads out for more testing without some of its camouflage

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.

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Spy Shots: 2013 Renault Clio caught during hot weather testing session

If a few months ago the nextRenault Clio has been caught testing under cold winter conditions in Norther Sweden, now Renault went to the other extreme: a new testing session during hot weather conditions in the South of Europe. The car is still heavily camouflaged, but still you can observe it will adopt a new design language including new headlamps, a redesigned front bumper and a new rear. We’re just wondering what’s with that bump on the engine bonnet?

The upcoming Clio will be offered with a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinders along with a new 900 cc three cylinder engine producing 85 HP. Diesel lineup will include 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 that is currently under development.

The new generation Renault Clio will be unveiled in September at the Paris Auto Show.

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2012 Renault Clio RS Red Bull Racing RB7

2012 Renault Clio RS Red Bull Racing RB7

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show press days are officially over, which would typically mean that the debuts have also come to an end, but Renault has chosen to go against the grain by unveiling a very cool Clio special edition after the fact. The new Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 was built as a tribute to Renault Sport Technologies and Renault Sport F1, and will be offered in limited edition to just five European countries. It will be priced at €27,900 (about $36,600 at the current exchange rates).

The new Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 is painted in a very cool Profond Black combined with Sirius Yellow F1-style blade, door mirror housings, and a diffuser. It has also been equipped with a set of 18" black Interlagos wheels wrapped around Bridgestone RE050A tires, the same as those fitted on the Megane R.S. Trophy which established a new lap record round the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in June 2011. Under the hood of the special edition Clio is a 2.0 liter engine that delivers a total of 203 HP - or more than 100 Hp per liter.

The list of standard equipment includes: automatic climate control, automatic headlight activation, a hands-free card, yellow fabric Recaro bucket seats, a Renault Sport-badged gear lever knob, a personalized numbered plaque, and an audio connection box.

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Spy Shots: Next Gen Renault Clio Testing Out In The Snow Again

Renault usually has an impressive presence at the Geneva Motor Show, but this year, they decided to lay low and focus on the other major shows of the year; like the 2012 Paris Car Show in October where the all-new fourth generation Renault Clio is set to make its world debut. The company is busy preparing the hatchback, and they’ve sent the upcoming Clio 4 out again for some winter testing.

The new Clio will be the first Renault model to feature the company’s new design previewed by the DeZir Concept. Renault will only be offering = a five-door version, but due to the hidden rear door handles, it will still look sporty. It will also be lower, wider, and more distinctive than the current Clio.

Rumors state that the car will be about 220 lbs lighter than the current generation, which will help out the list of engines customers will be able to choose from. Among them are a 1.5 liter dCi diesel engine with 74 HP or 89 HP, and petrol engines starting with a new three cylinder 900 cc turbo producing 89 HP and going up to a four cylinder engine producing up to 200 HP. Judging from the bigger brakes and the two exhaust pipes, this prototype may be carrying the 200 HP four cylinder engine.

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2011 Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider

2011 Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider

Renault has launched in UK the special edition Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider. It will be limited to only 50 units and deliveries will begin this October.

The new Clio Rider will be painted in an exclusive matte Stealth Grey or Diavolo Red. Both colors will be contrasted by a gloss black finish to the roof, rear spoiler, F1-style front blade, rear diffuser and door mirrors. The car will sit on a new set of 18” Interlagos alloy wheels also painted in gloss black finish. They will be combined with a lower ride height, stiffer springs and dampers, quicker steering ratio and red finish to the Brembo brake callipers.

For the interior the model adds Recaro seats covered in leather, a zinc grey finish to the centre console and fascia inserts and a white rev counter. The list of standard equipments includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity, automatic climate control and Renaultsport carpet mats

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 2

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 2

Last Sunday, the second episode of Top Gear’s 17th season aired and like most of the shows these days, we were treated to some hilarious segments, a rather pointedly pointless car review, some canned and scripted studio jokes, and - for once - a surprisingly fast lap on the Kia Cee’d. Par for the course for Top Gear.

In this episode, James May will tell you things about the Aston Martin Virage that you already probably know. This is then followed by a highly-entertaining hot hatch triple threat madness along the streets of Italy that included finding a dog, an ice cube, and branch from a cedar tree.

Comedian Russ Noble also stopped by for a little chat with Jeremy - an entertaining interview by our measure - after which the former strapped on his helmet for his hot lap on board the show’s Reasonably Priced Car.

The show concludes with a sort of dream of dreams, at least as far as Jeremy Clarkson was concerned: three laps around the Monaco Grand Prix. It probably didn’t matter that the cars they were driving were the same three hot hatches they drove in Italy. At the end of the day - Clarkson especially - had a blast to finally drive their way around Monaco’s world famous street circuit.

Full details after the jump.

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2011 Renault Megane and Clio "XV de France" Editions

2011 Renault Megane and Clio "XV de France" Editions

In what is apparently becoming an annual celebration of their partnership with the French National Rugby Team, Renault has once again released a special edition line of their Clio and Megane vehicles, which they’ve been calling the "XV de France" Editions.

We already showed you what last year’s models looked like, so now we’re here to give you a peak of what to expect for the 2011 version of the these special edition Renault compact vehicles.

For this year, both limited edition models have become special ’versions’ of the Clio and the Megane, which you can avail off with out the limited time basis attached to its predecessors.

“The 2011 ‘XV de France’ versions are very different from the limited editions of previous years," said Raphaelle Jarry, the Renault Megane’s product manager.

For this particular version of the Megane and Clio, customers can avail of the former through a number of styles, including estate, hatch or coupe body form. As for the latter, customers have a choice of getting it as a 3-door, 5-door, or estate.

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Is this the 2012 Renault Clio 4?

Is this the 2012 Renault Clio 4?

Our friends over at Autosblog.fr received this image of what looks to be the new 2012 Renault Clio 4. This image comes despite the fact that there’s been no official confirmation from Renault on whether it’s true.

Supposing that this image is in fact that of the new Clio 4, the car is a fresh take from what we’ve seen of the supposedly new vehicle in the past. For one, this image of the Clio 4 comes with a number of new designs and features, including redesigned headlights, the presence of door handles – yeah, cars need those, by the way - a new set of wheels, and an overall more aggressive approach.

Like we said, Renault hasn’t come out with any official announcement on whether this is really the new Clio. But if this is the real deal, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the flesh really soon. And if we’re betting people, we’d put some chips down on this hatchback making some sort of appearance at the brand’s hometown auto event, the Paris Motor Show, which, in case you didn’t know, will open its doors at the end of September.

Until then, we’re definitely going to keep all of you updated when something more definite comes up.

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Video: Truck driver cleared of wrongdoing after freak accident

Video: Truck driver cleared of wrongdoing after freak accident

It’s hard to forget a video like this, but we’re going to show it again anyway. We first posted this back in January when everybody who seemed to own a computer with internet access was watching it.

Remember that video that was posted where a truck driving along a motorway with a Renault Clio stuck in front of the cab? Well, John Tomlinson, the driver of the truck, was absolved of any wrongdoing stemming from the incident after North West traffic commissioner Beverley Bell remarked that instead of being punished, Mr. Tomlinson should be lauded for his cool-temperament during the whole episode.

"What you found when you pulled into the hard shoulder must have come as a complete shock and I think what you did, in reversing your tanker to release the Clio, was of huge credit to you," said Commissioned Bell.

Bell also told Tomlinson that he could retain his LGV driving license because, given the circumstances, there was no way for the truck driver to see, hear or smell the Clio that was in front of him.

As far as we’re concerned, we’re just glad that all the parties involved in this freak occurrence came out on the right side of the scale, proving once again that all’s well that ends well.

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2010 Renault Clio Gordini R.S.

2010 Renault Clio Gordini R.S.

The French company, Renault, announced that it has cracked open its ordering books and are now accepting the orders that come through for the Clio Gordini RS. The Clio Gordini RS model is set to go on sale this June. In France, the model will be priced at €26,400.

Like the Twingo Gordini RS, the new Clio Gordini RS is distinguished by a Malte Blue body colour, gloss black front bumper centre section and rear diffuser, glacier white F1-style front splitter and exterior mirror housings, 17-inch BeBop aluminium alloy wheels with the choice of black or blue inserts, a Malte Blue rear spoiler, and satin-finish chrome side air extractors.

The interior will get blue and black leather Gordini-embossed upholstery, leather-trimmed steering wheel, Gordini-badged metal gearlever knob and blue gaiter, gloss black centre console, fascia inserts and air vents, and Gordini-badged carpet mats.

Press release after the jump.

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Renault to be first in Europe to offer front-passenger swivel seats for the Clio

Renault to be first in Europe to offer front-passenger swivel seats for the Clio

Renault has been known for being one of the most innovative car brands when it comes to a vehicle’s interior function and the French car maker is continuing to uphold that distinction by coming out with a front passenger swivel seat for the Renault Clio.

As part of the brand’s Mobility for All campaign, the front passenger swivel seat is based on a relatively simple technology that involves a small lever located under the seat that allows it to turn up to 75 degrees to the right of the outward-facing side.

As the first car maker to offer this unique new technology in Europe, as Renault claims to be, the front passenger swivel seat will be available to all three-door and five-door variants of the Renault Clio Expression Clim and Dynamique Tom Tom that will be sold in other European countries like France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland for an additional cost of just 1,600 euros ($2,150).

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Video: Truck driver doesn’t notice Renault Clio stuck in his bumper

This video is too unbelievable to put into words. Really. We could just tell you to go ahead and watch it so you can see for yourselves, but we’re going to try our best to come up with the right words to describe it.

First there’s a truck driving along a highway. Sounds normal enough, right? Unfortunately, that’s where the ‘normal-ness’ of this video ends.

See, while the driver was driving along on his way to God-knows-where, he is completely oblivious – we’re going to repeat that: COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS – to the fact that there’s a Renault Clio that’s stuck on his bumper!

From the looks of how the brake lights of Clio keep flashing, it looks like there’s actually someone inside the car yet the driver doesn’t even notice it.

Unbelievable!

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Start Your Engines: Renault Clio takes on Fighter Jet

When it comes to idiotically mismatched races, you can’t get any more one-sided than the race that you’re about to see in this promo video.

The Renault Clio is a pretty nice compact car and all, but, to be honest, it’s not really the type of car you’d want to be driving if you’re thinking of racing with other cars. The thought of a Clio going up against a Ferrari or a Lamborghini already has ‘massacre’ written all over it.

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2010 Renault Clio RS 20th

2010 Renault Clio RS 20th

The French automaker Renault is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their popular compact Clio with two new special edition models, the Clio RS 20th and the Clio 20th. Both models are distinguished by bespoke 20th badging on the B pillars and a gloss black finish on the front bumper, side mirrors; meanwhile the high output Clio RS benefits from a special white and black two tone color scheme up front.

On the interior the special edition Clio gets anthracite gray air vents, specific ’20th’ badging on the front door sills, optional automatic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter and an 80W Radiosat-CD player with MP3 playback capabilities as well as Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Prices start at €14,350 for the standard anniversary edition of the Clio 20th and climbs all the way up to €24,700 for the Clio RS when it goes on sale in the French market.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Clio S

2010 Renault Clio S

The French automaker Renault has released a sport tuned version of their popular Clio hatchback called the Clio S as a reminder of the lines success in the early ’90s. The new car is more of an appearance package then a full tilt Renaultsport model, the Clio S has a few white accents to make the little Clio look like it’s ready to hit the track. Starting off with the lower lip insert in the front bumper the Clio S has a matching GT rear spoiler atop the hatch and rides on a set of bespoke 16 inch Polar alloys. The graphics package makes the S pop, offsetting the factory colors like Pearl Black, Capsicum Red and Extreme Blue with a pair of side stripes and an off center strip of vinyl on the roof that combines the checkered flag with the car’s Sport nameplate.

On the inside, the Clio gets matching checkers embossed in the seat backs and matching trim on the dash. The driver gets to hold onto a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel while gazing down at a set of sporty gauges and a colorful LCD navigation display. The new Clio S is available with a variety of economical power plants. The first being a 1.2 Liter 16 valve four cylinder making 75 HP and the top of the line mill being a 1.2 Liter TCe cranking out 100 HP. Don’t fret diesel fans because there is also a 1.5 Liter dCi developing a maximum output of 86 HP.

Press release after the jump.

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Renault Clio RS Gordini - will it look like this?

Renault Clio RS Gordini - will it look like this?

Top Speed first reported back in March that the French automaker Renault will relaunch the Gordini brand sometime in 2010. The first model to be badged as a Gordini will be the compact Twingo, but after the city car, the company will also launch a Gordini version of the Clio and Megane Coupe. According to Thomas Clavet the future Clio Gordini might look like something like this.

The exterior is emphasized by a rally inspired front end with enlarged air intakes and oversized fog lights. The roof adds a bit of style with a roof scoop that resembles the intake from a Formula 1 car. At the rear, the little Gordini has an understated rear wing atop the hatch and a bold rear diffuser. Finishing off the design is a centraly located inverted triangle exhaust tip. The compact factory tuner is painted in Blue with signature Gordini double white racing stripes.

It is radically fun designs like these that keep consumers enthusiastic about the future of the automobile.

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2009 Renault Clio and Megane World Series

2009 Renault Clio and Megane World Series

Renault has unveiled today two new special editions for the UK market: the Renault Clio World Series and the Renault Megane World Series. Both models will debut at Silverstone on 4th and 5th July.

Clio World Series by adds an extended front spoiler, side skirts, a sports rear bumper plus WSR badging. Customers can choose from the 1.2 16V 75, the highly efficient TCe 100 or the frugal dCi 86 engines. Prices for this special edition start from £12,170.

Megane Hatch World Series adds an extended front spoiler, Coupe-style bumper inserts, side skirts, a sports rear bumper, rear spoiler, WSR badging and 17” alloy wheels. Customers can choose from the 1.6 16V 110 or the dCi 106, both with a six-speed gearbox. Prices for this special edition start from £16,595.

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2009 Renault Clio Campus

2009 Renault Clio Campus

Renault revealed today the special edition Clio Campus. First revealed in 2005, the new generation Clio Campus comes with a new visual identity and new engines.

The new special edition features a redesigned front bumper and grille, the trihedral panel behind the logo has been dropped and the bottom air intake has been modified to highlight the front end’s personality. It is equipped with new flatblade-type windscreen-wipers, and the bigger exterior mirrors not only minimize blind spots but also comply with current rear view legislation.

The engine line-up includes two petrol engines: 1.2 60 and 1.2 16V 75, two diesel engines: the dCi 65 and the dCi 85 and one LPG engine: 1.2 60.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Clio RS 200

2009 Renault Clio RS 200

The second model (next to the Megane RS) revealed today by Renault Sport at the Geneva Motor Show is the Clio RS 200. Sales will begin in May.

Clio RS 200 is powered by a normally-aspirated 2.0 16V engine that delivers 200hp at 7,100rpm and a peak torque of 215Nm at 5,400rpm. The new Clio RS 200 accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.9 seconds. The top speed increases by 2mph to 141mph.

The Clio RS 200 offers enhanced handling with the front and rear tracks widened by 48mm and 50mm respectively. The wheelbase is extended by 10mm to 2,585mm for greater stability, while the front suspension’s independent steering axis layout is unique in the Clio’s segment. This technology uses aluminum components to minimize weight and provides resistance to torque steer.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Clio III

2009 Renault Clio III

Renault will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the facelift Clio; there is also a new version added to the range: GT.

The new Clio features a more streamlined styling, with the lines of the headlamp modules now extending down to the lateral upturns of the front air intake. Indeed, the broad air intake in the lower part of the front bumper sets off the dynamic frontal styling which are also suggested by the presence of gloss black protective mouldings.

The revised design of the rear lights prolongs the waist line across the hatch, while the uncluttered approach to the design of the central part of the rear bumper further emphasizes New Renault Clio’s dynamic stance. The reversing lights and foglamps are positioned low down and to the extreme right and left of the bumper.

The GT version is being offered in Malta Blue. Its frontal styling is more aggressive and includes a gloss black grille, while the side sills hint at the performance of the GT version’s specific suspension. New Renault Clio GT is easily recognizable from the rear thanks to its twin exhaust tailpipes and lip spoiler.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Clio Estate Exception

2009 Renault Clio Estate Exception

Renault launched in France the Clio Estate Exception,a model that combines dynamic performance, looks and safety. Based on the Dynamique equipment level, it comes with 15-inch aluminium alloy wheels, extra-tinted rear glass, part-leather upholstery and cruise control with speed limiter.

This special edition version also features the same equipment as the Dynamique version (front airbags, side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, manual climate control, leather steeringwheel and gearlever knob, additional cornering lights, foglamps, black headlamp masks and removable, completely flat boot floor, etc.).

Clio Estate Exception is available in the following body colours: Extrême Blue, Blue Grey, Cendré Beige, Cassiopé Grey, Eclipse Grey, Platine Grey, Nacré Black, Dyna Red and Vif Red.

Clio Estate Exception has been on sale in France since October 1, with prices starting from €17,400.

Press release after the jump.

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Renault Clio reveives new Sport R3 Access kit

Renault Clio reveives new Sport R3 Access kit

Want to enter the world of SCCA racing, but want to be different than all the Miatas and Jettas in the entry level class, why not try importing something from the not-sold-in-U.S. Renault. The new Clio Renault Sport R3 Access represents an entry level version for those folks who wish to compete in rallies. The new car features everything needed to make you a winner: a Clio Renault Sport bodyshell strengthened by a welded roll-cage that incorporates more than 40 meters of tubing. The new Renault is powered by a 2.0-liter F4 RS engine with 200 hp connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Also, a new suspension system was installed as well as a new set of 17 inch one-piece aluminium alloy wheels. The new Clio Renault Sport R3 Access kit is offered at a pre-tax price of €32,600 or $45,157.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Renault Clio by Rip Curl

2008 Renault Clio by Rip Curl

Renault revealed today a new special edition for the European market: the Clio by Rip Curl. The car is available in three- and five-door form, this limited edition is both dynamic and trendy, with prices to start from 13,950 Euros for the 1,2 16v three-door version and goes up to 18,050 Euros for the 1.5 dCi five-door model.

Clio by Rip Curl’s distinctive exterior looks are enhanced by a range of customization packages featuring modern, striking graphics (’Rock’, ’Girly’, ’Planète’), while the interior has been revisited by Rip Curl. Special touches include specific upholstery sporting the Rip Curl logo, a chrome centre console, exclusive Rip Curl sills and specific rubber floor mats, as well as a sand- and snow-proof compartmented stowage box in the boot.

The car is powered by a E85 bioethanol 1.2 16V engine that develops 75 hp and 105 Nm of torque.

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