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Mike Stevens | Mar 26, 2010 | 6 Comments

RENAULT AUSTRALIA HAS today announced the release of its latest hot-hatch Clio twins: the 2010 Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup and Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup Trophee.

While power is only marginally increased over the previous model, Renault has re-worked the sporty Clio to improve the experience at the wheel.

Styling

The RS 200 Cup and Cup Trophee benefit from Renault's F1 involvement in aerodynamics with a blade to direct airflow built into the front bumper.

Front wing air-extractors feature up front, joined by a functioning (as opposed to ornamental) rear diffuser.

As with the Clio Renault Sport 197, the front and rear quarter panels have been flared to accommodate the wider 1520mm track.

To differentiate itself, the Clio RS comes in a host of eye-catching colour schemes including Glacier White, Ultra Red, Racing Blue and the metallic Albi Blue, Nimbus and Deep Black.

In addition, an Alien Green pearlescent paint finish and the same pearlescent Liquid Yellow as seen on the limited-edition Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team R27 are also available.

Interior

Inside the cabin there's a perforated leather steering wheel that includes a centre line.

Aluminium pedal facings increase the cabin's sporty appeal, along with a new yellow rev-counter that features an audible and visible gearshift indicator.

Renault Sport badging is visible inside the cabin on the rev-counter background, sills and front seats.

While the 'regular' Renault Sport seats continue the performance-oriented interior theme in the 200 Cup, Recaro racing seats are fitted as standard with the 200 Cup Trophee.

Equipment

Offered in two distinct versions, 200 Cup and 200 Cup Trophee, both models feature different feature sets.

Renault is targeting the Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup toward driving enthusiasts - more interested in the driving experience than creature comforts - while the 200 Cup Trophee is aimed at enthusiasts looking for a higher level of standard equipment, as well as a sporting drive.

Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup

  • 17” Anthracite colour five spoke open design Renault Sport alloy wheels, red brake calipers
  • Climate control
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Speed limiter
  • Front fog lamps
  • Electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers
  • One touch electric windows
  • Eight airbags – auto-adaptive driver and passenger, lateral airbags, full length side curtain airbags and anti-submarining front seat airbags
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Disconnectable ESP stability control
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Renault Sport leather steering wheel with yellow centre marking
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • 4 x 20W RDS CD MP3 radio with fingertip steering column controls and auxiliary socket with RCA and USB inputs
  • Drilled aluminium pedal facings
  • RAID (Renault Anti Intruder Device) which automatically locks the doors at over 8kph
  • Two height-adjustable rear head rests
  • 60:40 split folding rear seat
  • Black door mirrors, gloss black finish to the rear diffuser and the centre section of the front bumper
  • Body-coloured side mouldings

Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup Trophee

The 200 Cup trophee adds the following items to the 200 Cup's feature set.

  • Renault Hands Free Keycard
  • Electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors
  • Recaro Renault Sport height adjustable seats (anti submarining airbags not available on Recaro seats)
  • 17” Renaultsport BeBop alloy wheels
  • Fascia with simulated carbon fibre gloss finish to the centre binnacle and accent strip
  • Anthracite insert on door mirrors, gloss anthracite finish to the rear diffuser and the centre section of the front bumper

With both versions, customers can choose from additional options such as the new TomTom navigation system, and metallic paint.

Mechanical

The 2010 Renault Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre 16V four-cylinder engine, producing 147.5kW at 7100rpm (up 2.5kW) and 215Nm of torque at 5400rpm.

The Clio RS 200 Cup's extra power comes courtesy of a revised cylinder head and fine-tuning of the engine management system.

These changes also see 20 percent more torque available from below 3000rpm and give the Clio RS 200 a power output of more than 70kw/litre.

Weighing in at only 1204kg, thanks to the use of aluminium suspensions components and the like, the 200 Cup has a power-to-weight ratio of 73.5kW per tonne.

Up front, the RS 200 Cup's independent steering axis suspension has been designed to cut torque steer. Aluminium components have been used to keep weight down.

The rear suspension features a programmed deflection torsion beam, uprated to complement the efficiency of the front's independent steering axis layout for more precise turn-in.

The 200 Cup's springs are now 27 percent stiffer at the front and 30 percent stiffer at the rear; shock absorbers are also 15 percent stiffer.

Body movement is controlled by a larger diameter front anti-roll bar, up from 20mm to 21mm. Torsional rigidity has been improved by 10 percent.

New aluminium alloy wheels are now 1kg lighter, and Renault says the resulting improvement in unsprung weight contributes further to the new car's enhanced steering response and acceleration.

Braking is managed by 312mm ventilated discs and four-piston Brembo calipers up front, matched to 300mm solid rear discs and single-piston TRW calipers.

Specifically-developed Continental Sport Contact 3 tyres (215/45 R17) wrap each wheel.

Pricing

Available from March 25, the 2010 Renault Clio Renault Sport 200 Cup starts at $36,490.

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