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Clio RS comes alive for 20th bash

2010-10-18 10:17

VA VA VROOM: Renault celebrates 20 years of Clio RS in style with this limited edition model.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Renault
Model CLIO RS
Engine 2.0 VVT
Power 147.5kW @ 7 100
Torque 215Nm @ 5 400
Transmission six-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 6.9 seconds
Top Speed 225 km/h
Fuel Consumption 8.2 l/100 km (combined)
Weight 1690 kg
ABS with EBD, sports-tuned ESP with disconnection function
Airbags front, side and curtain
Tyres 215/45 R17
Front Suspension Double axis strut system
Rear Suspension Torsion beam system with programmed deflection-coil springs
Price R279 900
While South Africa missed out on the Renault Clio RS's first rotation local hot-hatch fans were quick to catch on when the second generation Clio RS touched down here in 1999.

Eleven years on, the automaker has released a special edition model to celebrate the little car with the big heart’s 20th birthday.

It's kitted with new trim, a higher level of specification and different paintwork and special '20th' badging is visible on the special edition's door pillars.

The Deep Black finish added to the roof, upper hatch rail and front lip spoiler contrasts beautifully with the car's Pearlescent White body. The high-gloss black finish is continued for the front bumper and rear diffuser, while the wing mirrors and front splitter are finished in grey.

Monochromatic

The cabin features satin chrome and aluminium accents, perforated leather steering wheel and a very yellow rev counter with an audiovisual gearshift indicator. The interior is finished in silver and grey cloth.

Never mind the bare-bones approach for this scorching hot hatch. Standard features include TomTom navigation, cruise control with speed limiter, light and rain sensors, electric folding mirrors, cornering headlights, climate control, Bluetooth and Renault’s smart-card key.

RS safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes with EBD, ESP (that can be disengaged) and traction control. Furthermore, the Clio RS Special Edition is fitted with stylish black 17", 12-spoked alloy rims that partially conceal the red Brembo brake callipers.  

Nothing much has changed beneath the metal of this Clio RS. It's still powered by the feisty two-litre, quad-valve with 147kW and 215Nm on tap at 7100 and 5400rpm, respectively.

It is able to power to a top speed of 225km/h, driving through a six-speed manual transmission.

Xavier Gobille, managing director of Renault SA, said: "This special-edition model takes all that is great about the RS in terms of class-leading performance, handling and driving involvement and combines it with a unique colour scheme and specification level that makes it a true, highly-prized collector's item."

Prices
Clio 1.6 S  -  R179 900
Clio 1.6 Dynamique  -  R204 900
Clio 1.6 Dynamique Auto  -  R214 900
Clio 2.0 Renault Sport  -  R259 900
Clio 2.0 RS "20th" Special Edition  -  R279 900
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