Renault has given its sporty Clio RS and Clio GT-Line hatches a modest nip n’ tuck for the 2017 model year, with both models scoring new bumper plastics, headlamp and tail lamp internals, wheel designs and, for the RS, a more raucous exhaust.
The Clio RS gains a new lower grille with cross-hatched mesh, plus the LED daytime running lamp/foglamp clusters of the 2.0 litre turbo, manual-equipped Clio RS 16 Concept that was revealed at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The chequered flag motif of the “RS Vision” LED clusters lend the 2017 Clio RS a distinctive new look from the front - even though the rest of the front bumper apes the shape of the current model - while the updated headlamp housings feature a new lens arrangement.
There are no other bodywork changes, though wheel designs are freshened up with a new set of 17-inch alloys for the entry-level Clio RS 200 Sport and new 18-inch designs for the Clio RS Cup and Clio RS Trophy.
The Trophy also gains a new performance exhaust manufactured by Slovenian exhaust specialist Akrapovic, though output remains unchanged at 162kW/260Nm for the Trophy and 147kW/240Nm for the Sport and Cup.
As with the current model, three chassis settings are available across the range. The Sport is the most spine-friendly of the three thanks to its taller sidewalls, while the Cup ratchets up the response with a slightly more aggressive suspension.
The Trophy, meanwhile, delivers a racecar-firm suspension (with the cornering performance to match), while also sporting a 10mm and 20mm drop in ride height at the front and rear respectively.
All Clio RS models continue to be offered with Renault’s EDC twin-clutch automatic as the sole transmission.
The Clio GT-Line is the intermediate point between the harder-core RS and the vanilla variants of the Clio family, and its sports-styled bodywork has been given a rework for 2017 too.
It receives the same headlamps as the updated Clio RS and reshaped ‘cheek’ vents in the lower bumper, plus an oval exhaust tip. Side and rear plastics carry over unchanged, however, as do its 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.
A spokesperson from Renault Australia told TMR that it's too early to announce precisely when the local Clio RS and GT-Line will receive this update, however it was unlikely to occur this year.
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