Renault’s Clio RS hot hatch now has a new limited edition model for the Australian market, with the arrival this week of the RS 220 Trophy.
As with other RS models, the 220 name reflects the hatch’s 220 BHP (164kW) engine output. But, as with the Trophy, 220 is also the number of units to be offered to Australian customers.
The RS 220 has 260Nm of torque to go with its 164kW, with motivation provided by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Power and torque are up 17kW and 20Nm respectively over the regular Clio RS 200 Sport.
The turbocharger is larger on the Trophy than on other Clio RS models, while the engine mapping and exhaust system have also been tweaked.
Renault promises sharper performance, with a sportier chassis and an enhanced version of the EDC six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The chassis sits 20mm lower at the front and 10mm lower at the rear when un-laden, while stiffer dampers have been fitted and are coupled with hydraulic bump stops.
A faster steering rack is also fitted, which reduces the ratio by 10 percent (from 14.5:1 to 13.2:1).
The EDC transmission now shifts gears 30 percent faster than before, a new torque boost feature is available in fourth and fifth gears and the springs on the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are now shorter.
Inside, the limited edition model gets heated leather sports seats with integrated head rests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, numbered door sills and carbon-look interior trim features.
The driver can select between Sport, Race or Normal modes - the latter now offering stop-start fuel-saving technology.
Externally, the RS 220 Trophy is available in a new Frost White matte paint finish with a gloss black roof, while the exterior also boasts new 18-inch alloy wheels. Glacier White, Deep Black, Flame Red and Liquid Yellow are the alternative paint options.
“The Clio RS range has been extremely popular in the Australian market so we’re very pleased to be able to expand the range with this limited edition and offer something special to Australian buyers,” Renault Australia Managing Director, Justin Hocevar said.
“Renault Sport vehicles have proven to be hugely successful in Australia, the second-highest selling market globally for the current Clio RS with over 1400 sold since the late 2013 launch. I am sure that this new limited edition will continue that trend and further boost our sales.”
The 2016 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy is available now, with prices starting from $39,990 plus on-road costs.
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