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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.

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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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2011 RenaultSport Megane 250 by Superchips

2011 RenaultSport Megane 250 by Superchips

Now that the Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, we now head back to the real world with nothing but good memories from a highly successful event. The rush from Geneva was understandably high; so we kind of expected that the next couple of days would consist of a collective exhale from the entire auto industry before moving on back to work.

Thankfully, French automaker Renault and tuning firm Superchips are keeping us on our toes with the release of a newly modified performance program for the RenaultSport Megane 250.

Our love for sports hatchbacks notwithstanding, Superchips’ ECU remapping of the RenaultSport Megane 250’s engine is something that we definitely took notice of. The program, which will be available for any Megane 250 model sold from 2010 onwards, will give the car a performance boost of around 49 horsepower and 66 Nm of torque. As a result, the Megane 250’s R26-sourced 2.0-liter engine’s power output jumps from 250 horsepower and 304 Nm of torque to just a shade under 300 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque. Even more impressive is the fact that despite the performance boost, the Megane 250’s fuel efficiency numbers will remain at 33 mpg.

So if you have a Megane 250 in your garage and you’re dying to get a jump on those ponies under its hood, the Superchips ECU upgrade program is available at 445 GBP and comes with a 12-month warranty.

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2010 Renault Megane RS by E-Motions

2010 Renault Megane RS by E-Motions

The Renault Megane RS is a car that’s on the cusp of being considered one of the best sports hatches in the world. Depending on some people’s preferences, the car might even be placed on the top of the proverbial heap.

Aftermarket tuning firms have all taken stabs at modifying the Megane RS not only because it’s ripe to be tuned, but also because the sports hatch is one of the most popular Renault models in recent times. Having said that, the folks from Dutch tuning specialist, E-Motion, put their collective talents to good use by building a package for the Megane RS, one that sees improvements on the car across the board.

The Dutch aftermarket tuning firm had some help from its compatriot, Kerkhof & Visscher, in building up the Megane RS’s engine, boosting up its power by 60 ponies and giving up much more bite than the standard variant. At the end of the day, this is what all tuning firms aim to accomplish: to turn fast and powerful into faster and more powerful.

Mission accomplished for E-Motions.

Details after the jump.

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2010 Renault Wind by Elia

2010 Renault Wind by Elia

Europe’s answer to SEMA – the Essen Motor Show – is coming up later this week and we’re already gearing up for what looks to be an eventful week in Germany as some of the world’s finest automakers troop to the event to show off their latest aftermarket creations.

One such brand that we already know is attending is Renault as they’ve announced one vehicle that will be displayed at the Essen show room floor: a tuning proposal for the Twingo-based Renault Wind courtesy of tuning company Elia.

We don’t have the full details on the vehicle, but we’ve scraped up enough information to know a few things about it.

For one, the car will either come with a 1.2-liter turbo engine or a 1.6-liter variant that will produce an output of 100 and 133 horsepower, respectively. The folks over at Elia are at work producing a performance package that will likely come in the form of an upgraded sport suspension and ECU unit that will see an increased output of 16 horsepower and 28Nm of torque.

Aesthetically speaking, Elia will also be adding LED daytime running lights and 18” allow wheels with two sets of tires being included in the front and rear – 205/35 up front and 235/30 at the back.

For now, that’s all the information we have, but as soon as more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update you not just on this tuned-up cutie, but on all the vehicles that will be at Essen for Europe’s largest aftermarket tuning event.

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Renault Megane RS with Corniche Sports Wheels

Renault Megane RS with Corniche Sports Wheels

The Renault Megane RS is already a pretty cool, but as we have seen time and time again, cool cars can always get cooler after an experienced tuning firm get their hands on it. The Megane RS, in particular, has competitors such as the Golf GTI and Focus RS, making it an ideal vehicle to tune up as a sportier model. Corniche Sports Wheels is the latest tuning firm making an attempt at creating a sportier Megane RS.

The sporty and elegant five-star wheel attracts attention with its multi-part optics, based on suggested screw threads, and its cosmopolitan design language - and holds that attention for some time. The Megane RS is provided with 8.5 x 19 inch ET45 wheels on the front axle and 9.5 x 19 inch ET50 rims on the rear axle. The vehicle also comes in a rich and sporty white paint with a contrasting Higloss-black-polished / Inox Lip version and stainless steel lowered center.

The Renault Megane RS is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio by H&R

2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio by H&R

Summer is here; bring out the convertibles! Not to lose out on the prime time for open air coupes, H&R has prepared a new tuning package for the new Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio just in time for it’s arrival in sales rooms.

To make the Cabrio shine, the tuner is offering a new spring set that lowers the car’s ride by 35-40 mm. The package also includes a set of H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers made of high tensile aluminum. This set is made available to all customers regardless of whether it is combined with OE or aftermarket wheels.

The Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be offered with a choice of three petrol engines with outputs ranging from 110 HP to 140 HP and three diesel engines cranking out anywhere from 110 HP to 160 HP; all mated to either a six speed manual or a six speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

Press release after the jump.

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Lazareth fine tunes Renault Twingo with Range Rover engine

Lazareth fine tunes Renault Twingo with Range Rover engine

Putting a Range Rover engine on a Renault Twingo isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence, yet custom tuners Lazareth decided to have some fun and do just that.

While you’ll never mistake the French compact car for a luxury SUV, it does make for some awesome thrills to have the miniscule front-mounted engine the Twingo used to come in for a more powerful variety. As a result, the Twingo has been updated with a 3.5-liter V8 180 horsepower mid-mounted engine that conveys its power to the Twingo’s rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.

It took a lot of work, especially since a Twingo doesn’t exactly fall in the same line as that of a Range Rover. To fit the luxury SUVs engine on the hatchback, Lazareth modified the Twingo’s chassis by adding a rear tubular subframe, brand new suspensions, modified brakes, to name a few.

The result, as you can expect, is a hatchback that packs more power than Twingo could have ever had with a standard configuration. If the upgraded engine wasn’t enough, Lazareth also gave the Twingo’s interior a plush racing upgrade with MOMO bucket seats, a sports steering wheel, and new digital gauges.

With a new engine and an overall upgraded look, the Lazareth-tuned Twingo, which they’ve come to call as the Twingo Trophy V8, sells for around €70,000, or in the language of US dollars, around $105,000.

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2010 Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup

2010 Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup

Some people protest that the rest of the world gets really cool cars while we here in the U.S. are subjected to watered down versions of automobiles that are more fun to drive in other parts of the globe. Unfortunately for domestic drivers, Renault hasn’t sold a new car in the U.S. since the 1980s so we will never know the joy of driving a Twingo, just saying the name is fun. Adding to an already great product, the French manufacturer has decided to churn out a few stripped down lightweight examples of one of Europe’s favorite hot hatches.

Just like Hyundai’s upcoming Genesis Coupe R-Spec, the Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup is a more affordable variant of a sporty economy car that comes with a few key components that makes the more expensive models great while ditching a few unnecessary items to keep costs down. Aimed at delivering a more focused driving experience with less equipment and a lower price, the factory tuned Cup car will go on sale in places like Europe and South America starting in November, starting at around $17,000. The Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup keeps Renault’s optional sport suspension that lowers the car almost an inch and a half while incorporating firmer dampeners and a set of springs that are about ten percent stiffer than the factory coils. You also get a set of 17 inch lightweight aluminum alloys wrapped in sporty rubber, but you don’t get a few things like air conditioning and the Twingo’s signature sliding rear buckets; however you can get Glacier White bodywork with a few accents done up in glossy black.

Even though the RS 133 Cup has all the proper equipment to go fast around the bends, it is still powered by a 133 HP 1.6 Liter four cylinder and takes all of 8.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 MPH on its way to a 125 MPH top speed. Now those performance numbers aren’t quite that impressive, but we can guarantee you that it gets great gas mileage. Perhaps a few of these factory tuned lightweight econoboxes would go a long way towards breathing a healthy dose of fun into an automaker’s lineup while helping out their CAFE situation at the same time.

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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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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Renault Koleos by Cobra

Renault Koleos by Cobra

Although the Koleos was just recently launched it already received a TUV-tested accessories package from Cobra Technology&Lifestyle. The company built an elastically 60 mm glossy front guard made of stainless-steel. The high level of safety is also given by the EG operating certificate and also by an optionally auxiliary high-beam headlamp kit for the front guard. The existing roof rails of the standard Koleos can be replaced with a fully functional roof carrier system with lockable Cobra N+ cross rails. The package offers also a range of custom-tailored tire/wheel combinations for the brand new Renault, from striking light-alloy wheels for retaining the original tires to exclusive 8.5Jx20 wheels with 245/35 R 20 tires.

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1961 - 1973 Renault Alpine A110

1961 - 1973 Renault Alpine A110

Presented at the Paris Auto Show in 1963, Jean Redele unveiled the Alpine A110 after his prior successes with the A106 and A108. The A110 was a true departure for the company as styling was largely revised and the Dieppe-based firm began building one of their more respected models that would remain in limited production for over a decade.

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2007 Renault Clio by Koenigseder

2007 Renault Clio by Koenigseder

Renault Clio was driven by the guys from Koenigseder and they thought they could do better. So they start to design here and there and after some times they came with this. A car with a peaceful look transformed in to an angry hatch. The first time you observe that this is not a normal Clio. It’s clearly that someone played with a cutter through its skin.
The front bumper is new and is now a bit far from the original one. This might be a good thing. Many air-scoops in the sides, a big (...)

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