Renault Showcases New Models of the Clio Renault Sport
|   Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Renault confirms that the next generation Renault Clio Renault Sport is faster and more agile than its predecessor. The vehicle features a 1.6 liter turbo charged petro engine featuring four cylinders and displaces 197 BHP along with 177 ft lb of torque. There is an additional 19 ft lb of torque at the 1750 RPM mark. Red line approaches at the 5500 RPM level and this makes power development farfetched as compared to the current generation of the vehicle.


The all new Clio Renault Sport can accelerate from 0 – 60 MPH in less than 6.7 seconds hence featuring a 0.2 second decrease in overall time. Featuring a total weight of 1204 kg, the Clio Renault Sport is lighter than its predecessor by 36 kg. The vehicle is set to be offered with a six speed automatic dual clutch transmission system.

The Clio Renault Sport also sports the multi downshift functionality and is the first production car to feature a rally styled compression absorbing shock absorber. A Renault Sport differential is also installed in the vehicle and this is available as a standard feature on the Clio Renault Sport. The Clio is expected to feature three drive modes – Sport, Normal and Race and the engine, transmission and suspension settings are altered accordingly.

The ESP traction control measure is a big advantage on the Renault Sport and this can be turned off according to the driver's wish. However, in Race mode the traction control is disabled automatically. Standard Macpherson strut suspension has been used on the front and rear and the basic brakes measure 320 mm as compared to the predecessor's 312 mm. Renault is also offering distinct exterior changes to enhance the visual aesthetics and installing larger rims is the basic alternative being provided.

Additional twin exhaust pipes with a larger front and rear bumper, 17, 18 and 19 inch optional rims with specifically designed side skirts are the optional measures on the Clio Renault Sport. Good Year Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tires are provided as standard and these are known for additional road grip and superior traction.

Renault has offered the Clio Renault Sport with optional cup chassis which increases the road height of the vehicle. This version features 18 inch rims with Dunlop Sport Maxx Tires. Overall fuel efficiency has been increased by 10 MPG and that is sufficiently high considering the specifications of the current model. CO2 emission has also decreased by 46 g/km and the road tax has also been decreased to £135 from £250.

The trim levels include high level of equipment such as standard Bluetooth connectivity, seven inch touch screen, USB connectivity, keyless start / stop, On board telemetry, live navigation and Renault Sport seats. Renault is expected to launch the basic price and detailed specification of the Clio Renault Sport on the 28th of February while initial deliveries could begin as early as June. Renault is yet to officially confirm the news although insiders have confirmed reports and news which correspond to these declarations.
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