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New hot hatch from Renault

2010-08-06 11:53
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Renault
Model Clio S
Engine 1.6l
Power 83kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque 151Nm @ 4 250r/min
Zero To Hundred 10.2 sec
Top Speed 190km/h
Fuel Tank 55l
Fuel Consumption 6.7l/100km
Weight 1 150kg
Airbags Six
Tyres 195/50
Service Plan 3 year/60 000km
Warranty 5 year/150 000km
Price R179 900
Keen on one of Renault’s redoubtable hot hatches, yet on a budget?

Well, now there is a new Clio S to suit your car allowance.

Based on the Clio 1.6 Dynamique mechanical architecture this new addition to the Clio range adds all the boy-racer hot hatch trinkets - at a more affordable price point than Renault’s Dieppe-built RS cars.

Contrasted in white

Styling embellishments centre on the addition of, well, a lot of white.

The Clio S decals imprinted along the flanks are white. So are the 16-inch Canasta multi-spoke alloys and side mirrors.

Door handles? Those are white too and there is even a front bumper insert and rear hatch spoiler finished in white.

The Clio S pièce de résistance? An obligatory hot hatch white racing stripe on the passenger side of the roof.

Upgrades to the cabin environment include more white – backing the instrumentation and contrasting the Clio S trim coordination. Tactile highlights include leather steering-wheel and gearlever finishes.

Items deleted from the Dynamique grade include the TomTom SatNav, Bluetooth, rain sensing wipers and climate control. The Clio S does have air-conditioning, power-steering, cruise control and MP3/CD enabled infotainment.

In terms of safety the Clio S tallies a suite of features including dual front and side airbags augmented by additional curtain airbag protection.

Despite its boy-racer styling the Clio S is powered by the selfsame 1.6l engine found in the Clio Dynamique.

Producing 83kW and 151Nm, this engine is unable to power the Clio S to a hot-hatch worthy benchmark 0-100km/h acceleration time of less than ten seconds. Top speed is short of 200km/h too, at 190km/h.

So you may think the Clio S is a cynical marketing exercise? Well, no. Not entirely.

Dynamic harmony has been the hallmark of Renault’s class-leading RS hot hatches and much of their dynamic appeal is found in handling fluidity. To this end the Clio S features a revised 20.5mm front anti-roll bar. A negligible design change this may be, yet Renault hot hatches have always managed to translate the slightest suspension upgrade into a discernable increase in driving appeal.

If you cannot quite stretch the budget to buy into the fabled Renault RS sub-brand, the Clio S appears to be an worthwhile compromise.


R179 900


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