2014 RENAULT CLIO RS AUSTRALIA
The Clio RS kicks off at $28,790 (plus on-road costs) for the Sport chassis model, topping out at $36,790 for the Cup Trophy.
The official launch this week also comes some months earlier than expected, thanks to huge demand and improved supply.
“We have been working very closely with our colleagues at Renault Sport and it is with great excitement that we have been able to bring forward the launch of the new Clio RS 200 EDC,” Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar said.
“We have a highly competitive entry price for the new Clio R.S. and have already received strong demand for the latest Renault Sport vehicle in the Australia market," he said.
On the point of pricing, the Clio RS faces off against Ford's more sharply priced $25,990 Fiesta ST (three-door only), along with the VW Polo GTI ($29,190 in five-door form) and Peugeot's new $29,990 208 GTI (three-door only).
2014 Clio RS 200: The Basics
Power in the new model is provided by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine - replacing the 2.0 litre NA mill of the current Australian-delivered model.
Output is around the same, at 147kW, but torque grows with the new engine from 215 to 240Nm.
Both numbers appear sooner, too, with maximum power developed at 6000rpm - down from 7200rpm - and top twist is now available between 1750rpm and 5600rpm.
Power is sent to the front wheels through Renault's EDC dual-clutch transmission.
Renault says the new RS 200 will hit 100km/h in 6.7 seconds, shaving a couple of hairs off the 6.9 second time of its predecessor.
Features on the new model include a new diffuser and spoiler that add 80 and 20 percent more downforce respectively. There's also larger 320mm front disc brakes, 8mm bigger than in the current model.
The familiar Sport and Cup chassis tunes will be offered with the new model, the latter packing a 5mm-lower suspension setup and 15 percent stiffer springs.
Compared to the regular 2013 Clio, the RS 200 gets unique bumpers at both ends, dual exhaust tips and 17-inch alloy wheels with 18-inch options.
All models come standard with a seven-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation, along with four speaker stereo with bluetooth, USB and SD.
The Trophy adds two speakers and something called "Bass Reflex", leather trim and an upgraded sat-nav with voice recognition and customisable home screen.
The Trophy spec also adds leather upholstery and upgrades the air-con to climate control (as well as 18-inch gloss black alloys).
For more on the Clio RS, catch our review, linked below.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Clio 200 RS EDC Sport 200: $28,790
- Clio RS 200 EDC Cup: $31,290
- Clio RS 200 EDC Sport Trophy: $34,290
- Clio RS 200 EDC Cup Trophy: $36,790
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