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2006-03-03 10:21

F1 champ Fernando Alonso (right) and his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella with the Clio Renaultsport

According to Renault SA spokesperson Doris Roberts this little hot hatch will be unveiled at the Auto Africa Motor Show in October.

Sportier than before, the new Clio Renaultsport is powered by a revised version of the normally-aspirated 2.0 16V engine. Power is up to 145 kW at 7 250 r/min while torque is 215 Nm at 5 550 r/min.

Acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h rakes this piece of dynamite 6.9 seconds, and top speed is 215 km/h.

Coupled with the new six-speed gearbox, this powerful engine promises to offer first-class sports performance and driving pleasure.

The latest Clio's design has been further enhanced by the use of more athletic curves for the sportier model.

There are wider front and rear wings, a lowered stance and profiled side skirts, while the semi-rigid under-bumper splitter combine the extractor vents and diffuser to assert the new car's advanced aerodynamic engineering and sports heritage.

It also comes with 17-inch light alloy wheels which barely conceal the Brembo brake callipers and big discs.

The front and rear bumpers, side protective mouldings and exterior mirrors are all body-coloured, while the door handles are in satin-finish chrome.

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