2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo Review

Thursday, 23 Mei 2013, 0:25 | Cars Review, Renault | 0 Comment | Read 1495 Times
by Lukman Prayogi

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo – With 197bhp and 177lb ft of torque, the new somewhat. 6-litre turbo engine’s headline figures are definitely not night and day completely different towards the previous model’s 2-litre naturally aspirated unit. however with each out there much lower down within the whole rev vary,C2150-006
each performance and economy improve – 0-62mph drops a number of tenths whereas the mpg figure is up a large 30 per cent, from 34. 5 to firmly 44. 8mpg. the gearbox conjointly contributes here ; a six-speed twin-clutch edc transmission with steering column-mounted paddles allowing manual shifting.

There’s tons additional too – renault sport’s electronic ‘rs diff’ works to firmly counter each understeer and wheelspin by micro-braking whichever front wheel threatens to firmly lose grip whereas rs drive offers 3 completely different driving modes ( normal, sport and race ), each of them tinkering with throttle response, gearshift speeds, steering weight and also the strength of stability management. in race, the latter is fully off. there’s conjointly new hydraulic bump-stop technology within the whole suspension – which could trace its roots towards the paris-dakar rally – designed to firmly swish off ride quality with no influence on management.
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As ever, you’ve a selection of commonplace or cup chassis, the latter a £450 choice that lowers and stiffens the suspension 3mm and 15 per cent respectively whereas introducing a quicker steering rack and 18in gloss black alloy wheels wrapped in stickier dunlop sport maxx tyres.

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo Exterior and Interior

The new Clio RS 200 Turbo will include design elements already seen on other RenaultSport models. These elements include a unique grille and spoiler, new front and rear bumpers, wide-set LED daytime running lights, sill extensions, and standard 17″ wheels, or 18″ available as an option. At the rear, a dual-tailpipe exhaust system and a sporty sound signature will complete the exterior look.

It will also have the usual RS elements on the interior. The bucket seats will be offered with optional leather upholstery and will provide extra lateral support. The steering wheel is flanked by two gearshift paddles, a dedicated instrument pack, and aluminum-capped pedals.

Equipment list:

Multimedia system
Touchscreen navigation
Bluetooth radio with USB connectivity
Hands-free entry and starting, driver aids
Climate control
Parking sensors

Customers can also benefit from the Renault Sport exterior personalization program which includes a choice of four themes, each of which can be combined with different motifs, upgrade elements, and trim packs.

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo Engine

Under the hood, Renault has placed a new 1.6 turbocharged engine coupled with the EDC dual clutch transmission and paddle gear changes. This engine delivers a total of 200 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque delivered at just 1,750 rpm. This maximum torque is then consistently available at higher revs – up to 5,600 rpm – thanks to the turbocharger.

The new engine includes cutting edge technologies, like the DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) cam followers developed from Formula One and Variable Valve Timing (VVT).

The new EDC dual clutch, six-speed transmission allows the driver to adopt the driving style they so choose. The EDC transmission is docile in daily driving and particularly effective in sporty driving, with three different modes, including a ’race” option.

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo Chassis

Customers will have the possibility to choose between two different chassis: a sport chassis for an optimum balance of sportiness and comfort in everyday motoring or a Cup chassis for technical and track day enthusiasts. The Cup version will deliver 15% more stiffness and a lower (5mm) ride.

The new Clio RS has also been equipped with technologies like R.S. Drive. This system works in three modes: “‘Normal”, “Sport,” and “Race.” At just one push of a button, it modifies the engine and gearbox mapping, ESC settings, steering feeling, and throttle pedal response.

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo Prices

The new Clio RS has been priced from €24,990 in France, which is about $33,600 based on current exchange rates.

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo Competition

There are about a gazillion compact cars with turbocharged engines, including the Ford Fiesta ST, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Citroen DS3 Racing, all of which provide strong competition for the new Clio RS. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 180 HP and a peak torque of 177 lb-ft. The 500 Abarth gets a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers a total of 135 HP and a peak torque of 152 lb-ft of torque, while the DS3 R gets a 1.6 Liter four cylinder tuned to deliver a total of 200 HP.

The DS3 R delivers the same output as the new Clio RS, but the new Clio RS also many other advantages not offered by any of its competitors, one being the choice of two different chassis and that impressive list of technologies.


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