Renault has revealed its new Clio RS, and alongside it, the all-new Clio GT Line trim package.
Available in two different power specifications, the Clio R.S. has been hotly anticipated since the French carmaker announced its return.
Both the Clio RS 200 EDC and Clio RS 220 Trophy boast a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. The former produces 200bhp, while the Trophy makes 220bhp.
The Clio RS is unique because it is the only car in its class to come with the option of three different chassis choices.
Firstly, the Sport chassis features 17- or 18-inch wheels and is designed for everyday use thanks to its versatility.
Meanwhile, the strengthened Cup chassis comes with 18-inch wheels and features improvements for both road and track use.
Finally, the Trophy chassis is the most circuit-orientated. As well as the 18-inch wheels, it is lowered by 20mm at the front and 10mm at the rear.
The Trophy can also be specified with a unique Akrapovi? exhaust system inspired by the Clio RS16 concept car. It takes just 6.6 seconds to reach 62mph from a standstill, powering on to reach a top speed of 146mph.
LED lighting comes as standard on the new Clio RS. This provides both improved lighting and a distinctive appearance. This is mirrored on the rear of the car with a spoiler, functional diffuser and twin exhaust tail-pipes.
For drivers of non-RS models looking for sportier styling, the GT Line pack adds Dark Metal air scoops in the front bumper along with lateral sills, uniquely designed 16- or 17-inch wheels, an exclusive exhaust with a chrome tail-pipe and finally a Dark Metal rear bumper panel.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.