The subtly-updated 2018 Renault Clio RS has arrived in Australian showrooms, with a circa-$30,000 sticker price.
Packing the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as before, the Clio RS sends 147kW and 260Nm to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
There will be two specs of Clio RS available. The entry level Sport (costing $30,990), and flagship Cup (costing $32,490). Both variants will have its own unique suspension tune, while the Sport sits on 17-inch alloy wheels compared to 18-inch for the Cup.
Both specs come with Launch Control, multiple drive modes, 320mm brake discs, hydraulic compression bump stops in the suspension, and a new LED headlight design called RS Vision.
The RS Vision was first seen on the Clio RS 16 concept car, and gives the car a striking appearance.
Other standard features include front foglights, front parking sensors, automatic engine stop/start, climate control air-conditioning, tyre pressure warning system, LED cabin lights, and digital radio.
There are several factory-fit optional extras for the Clio RS. The first is dubbed Black Pack. This adds an F1-inspired black blade on the front bumper, a black boot lid, black Renault Sport badge, black rear diffuser, black trim inserts on the side door protection, and black 17-inch alloy wheels.
Second is the Leather Pack, adding dark leather upholstery with red highlights, an RS badge on the front headrest, heated seats for front occupants, and a height adjustable passenger seat.
Finally there is the Entertainment Pack, which adds R-LINK sat-nav and multimedia system with voice control, Android Auto phone mirroring, RS Monitor, Bose sound system, and R-Sound engine sound generator.
“The Renault Sport badge has a long and successful history here in Australia,” said Renault Australia’s Managing Director, Justin Hocevar.
“Australia consistently appears in the top five for global Renault Sport sales and we expect this to continue with this new-look model.
“One of the exciting new features is the innovative chequered flag-shaped R.S. VISION lighting system, exclusive to Renault Sport vehicles. This highly-efficient lighting signature enhances night-time visibility by co-ordinating the foglights, cornering lights, and side lights as well as the long-range headlights.
“Of course, the Clio RS benefits from Renault’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and Capped Price Servicing, providing our customers with outstanding value and peace of mind.”
2018 Clio RS price:
Clio RS Sport - $30,990
Clio RS Cup - $32,490
Factory-fitted options – RRP
Metallic paint - $550
Signature metallic paint - $750
Black Pack - $500
Leather Pack - $1,500
Entertainment Pack - $1,500