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Mike Stevens | Jun, 19 2015 | 1 Comment

Renault’s luke-warm Sandero RS sports hatch has surfaced today, making its official debut ahead of an overseas launch set for early 2016.

Based on the Sandero more commonly seen in Renault’s budget Dacia range, the Sandero RS was developed specifically for Latin American markets.

Importantly, the Sandero RS is also the first Renault Sport model to be designed and manufactured outside of Europe.

In its new sports form, the Sandero has been upgraded to a 2.0 litre petrol engine, giving it nearly half-a-litre more than the regular range has ever offered buyers.

That doesn’t mean the Sandero RS will be blitzing hot hatches anytime soon, though. Or even most ‘warm’ hatches, for that matter.

Although Renault’s press office describes the Sandero RS as “a real hot hatch”, its 2.0 litre petrol engine produces just 108kW.

That gives the Renault Sport-tuned Sandero just 8kW more than the slightly smaller Suzuki Swift Sport’s 1.6 litre engine, and 5kW more than the 1.4 turbo engine that drives Holden’s Barina RS.

Hardly a rocket, but with a six-speed manual and sports-focused settings for the ESC, suspension, steering and four-disc brakes systems, it’s bound to offer a bit of fun.

No performance details have been offered, but with a power-to-weight ratio in the same neighbourhood as the Swift Sport, a 0-100km/h time of around nine to 10 seconds is likely.

The Sandero RS will make its official debut at the Buenos Aires Motor Show this week, alongside the new Renault Duster Oroch pickup.

MORE: Renaultsport News & Reviews | Renault | Hot Hatches

 
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