Renault Clio alternatives

Latest model: Renault Clio RS 2010
Renault Clio RS 2010Since 2000, the successive variants of Renault Clio RS have led to it becoming the best-selling performance hatchback of its class, with worldwide sales totalling more than 70000, vehicles. The strengths of Renault Clio III Renault Sport's chassis, brakes and steering combined with the precision of its gearbox have resulted in the model being widely praised as the most efficient of its class, by the media and exacting owners alike. To offer a match that is more closely intended still to the demands and needs of its buyers, Renault Clio RS today comes in two distinct guises, with the introduction of Luxe (name may differ according to market) and Cup versions.

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The Luxe version is aimed at motorists looking for a convenient, well-equipped, status-enhancing vehicle which places the accent on driving pleasure. New Renault Clio RS Luxe features the 'sport' chassis which, like the car's acoustic performance, has been updated with a view to delivering an even higher traditional of convenience. A range of attributes make this new sporting model from the Renault Sport stable truly original, including a broad selection of body colors, dashboard trims, upholsteries (including leather) and aluminium alloy wheels. A long list of equipment carried over from New Renault Clio is available, too, including the Carminat Tomtom navigator, a hands-free card and cruise control with speed limiter.

The Cup version stands out via its efficiency and performance and will notably appeal to connoisseurs who are passionate about their driving. Equipped with the 'cup' chassis, it is 36kg lighter than New Renault Clio RS Luxe ('sport' chassis). Indeed, the layout of certain elements (transmission, bench frames, wheels) and the dropping of certain items of equipment allows the Cup version to boast the best weight-to-power ratio of its class (6kg/hp).

New Renault Clio's original lines have been updated with the accent on more athletic, telltale curves. The more aggressive front end incorporates an F1-type aerodynamic splitter and a generously-sized, low-positioned air intake, the mission of which is to cool the naturally-aspirated 2. 016V motor (147. 5kw/203hp). The sills, extractors and wider front and back wings all serve to highlight the sporty calling of New Renault Clio RS which features Renault Sport's new look-and-feel identity cues with the Renault Sport Layout Pack's two-tone colour scheme based on a choice of Gloss Black or Cold Metal Grey for the front bumper mouldings, look mirror housings and diffuser. At the back, the twin exhaust tailpipes have been incorporated into the diffuser. New Renault Clio RS sits squarely on the road due to its wide tyres (215/45) mounted on 17-inch aluminium alloy rims, via which it is possible to see the Brembo brake callipers and large brakes that deliver comprehensive, durable stopping performance. Renault Sport badging is visible on the tailgate, on the side protective mouldings' satin-finish chrome inserts, as well as on the intake manifold. New Renault Clio RS marks the introduction of the make new exclusive Alien Green metallic paint finish.