• Performance; engine+gearbox combo; ride & handling; interior; road-presence; styling
  • Poor rear visibility without a camera; no manual option;

9 / 10

2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review

The all-new Renault Clio RS 200 EDC takes the light hot-hatch segment to an entirely new level. Whether it can still satisfy the Renault Sport purists is a different question, however.

Unlike the previous two generations of Renault Clio RS that made use of a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine coupled to a six-speed manual, the new car makes use of a Nissan-Renault engineered 1.6-litre turbocharged four.

It puts out the same power as the previous model, at 147kW (200hp, hence the RS 200 moniker) and comes up with 240Nm of torque – 25Nm more than before, but over a wider rev band. For the first time ever, a Renault Sport model utilises a dual-clutch automatic transmission, without the option for a manual gearbox.

This may upset some Renault Sport purists, in the same way that Porsche’s decision to make the 911 GT3 auto-only irked many this week. However the generally negative initial reaction towards the choice of a dual clutch transmission mated with a turbocharged engine – with the potential for turbo lag further diluting driver connection – is thankfully unwarranted.

There’s no doubt that a manual transmission offers greater engagement levels, but not only is the auto faster and more convenient, but it’s hard to argue that it will also lure in an entirely new buyer group who would never have considered an RS in the past. This is important because in this day and age the folks at Renault Sport have to justify their existence to the bean counters.

On the whole, the new Clio RS looks the business. While its competitors tend to look like lightly modified versions of their originals, the French looks far more ‘enhanced’ than its vanilla siblings.

2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review

To drive the new Renault Clio RS, we came to Granada, Spain, where the roads are twisty and narrow and the rain relentless. Here was our first taste of the new 1.6-litre turbo that will also power the forthcoming Nissan Pulsar SSS.

Unlike with the Pulsar, the folks at Renault Sport have worked the engine, choosing a smaller turbo (for quicker maximum torque), enhanced air intake, bigger air filter, modified exhaust line and even a sound pipe that goes from the air intake to the cabin so you’re constantly audibly reassured of your weapon of choice.

Although the old 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit was a gem, the new 1.6 turbo is far more elastic at low revs, enhancing driveability, while it still loves to be pedalled enthusiastically. Then there’s the fuel economy figure of 6.3L/100km, a vast improvement over its predecessor.

In the country side the hot hatch is king and the Clio RS is no exception. Press the RS Drive button, which goes from normal to sport and race mode, select Sport and away you go. In this setting the accelerator becomes more responsive, the electronic controls accept more sliding before intervening and the dual-clutch transmissions shift times are reduced from 200ms (normal) to 170ms.

Feed in power and the turbo comes to life, instantly. There’s that overwhelming intake sound throughout the cabin which is not only delightful for any car enthusiast but provides feedback on the turbo’s state.

Around bends the Clio RS is miles ahead of its rivals in terms of engagement and feedback. The steering is spot on, with even the tiniest input resulting in a corresponding output. There’s a genuine sense of connection to the road and you can feel the instant the Clio is about to lose grip, long before the computer steps in – a sign of any well-engineered sports car.

2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review

It does have a tendency to oversteer if you lift your foot of the accelerator pedal mid-corner, particularly in the wet. This is a familiar characteristic to current-generation Clio RS owners and is a source of undeniable fun.

The dual-clutch transmission is a little bit of a downer in normal mode, as it tends to find it self confused at times and champions saving fuel more than anything else. Thankfully the Clio RS’ dual-clutch also has a dual-personality disorder that makes it instantly comes to life when in Sport or Race mode.

In those modes there’s no longer a care for fuel efficiency and you’ll find yourself in the perfect gear nearly every time. You can, of course, use the steering wheel-mounted paddles, which are borrowed from the R35 Nissan GT-R (and don’t move with the steering wheel, like a proper race car), to do the job yourself but we found the Race mode capable enough.

It’s worth noting that the Clio RS’ gearbox can drop down multiple gears at once (by pressing and holding down the left paddle), which is not something you’d find in any other car of this price range.

In race mode the gearbox changes get as low as 150ms and the accelerator pedal has no hesitation. The stability control goes to sleep and the Clio RS becomes a pure hot hatch in the traditional sense of the word – despite the turbo and automatic gearbox.

Renault says that unlike the previous generation Clio RS, which was engineered for track, road and everyday use equally, the new car is more focused on road use. Which is odd, because for the second part of our test we came to a race track on the outskirts of Granada, in Spain, to prove its credentials.

2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review

With torrential rain above and a very wet track below, we set out to see what the Clio RS would do without restrictions. For this purpose, we switched from the Sport chassis Clios to the Cup cars. The current plan for Australia is to bring the Cup versions only, which have red brake calipers, sit 3mm lower with 27 and 20 percent stiffer springs front and rear. This is a reflection of current sales, where Australian buyers have generally preferred Cup chassis, but that may still change before the car launches locally early next year.

On track the Clio RS is an absolute joy. It has just the right amount of power to thrill with the perfect poise and balance to make the whole experience a treat, every lap. Using launch control (holding down the brake pedal and pulling both paddles until launch control engages, pressing the accelerator pedal and letting the brakes go within two seconds) the Clio RS gets off the line and to 100km/h in roughly 6.7 seconds.

Even in the rain there seems to be almost no understeer, with oversteer being the dish of choice. Plant it hard out of a corner and there’s the slightest hint of torque steer but it’s nothing like you’d expect from a front-wheel drive with this much go – this is largely thanks to the car’s high-tech electronic front differential (but it’s not a proper LSD like the Megane RS).

Renault has employed a skid detection system that is always checking for different speeds between front inner and outer wheels as well as front and rear wheels in general. It interferes by braking the front inner wheel to bring consistency. It’s a much smarter way of doing things as it doesn’t hold back engine torque, simply adjusting the misbehaving wheel.

2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review

There’s a clever system inside called RS monitor 2.0, which seems to have an almost endless number of digital displays that will tell you everything you need to know about your Clio and your own performance. Everything from power and torque, gearbox and clutch temp, turbo boost, wheel torque, 0-100km, 100-0km/h, 0-400km/h, 0-1000m, G force diagram, traction slip and more (check photo gallery for screenshots).

The best bit, though, is the chronometer GPS system which can be used to log your track sessions and the on-board computer has the ability to record the data on to a USB stick, which you can then download to the Renault Sport website and see your lap times, track position and all the engine details in the corresponding time. It’s truly the closest thing you’re going to find to a Formula One style track session management system.

We tested this data logging system numerous times and found it addictive, trying to work out at which corners and sections we could gain more time. It currently doesn’t have all the racetracks in its database, but you can add tracks by drawing them (needs to correspond to GPS coordinates to work). You can choose to share your work with the world, which means it’s likely that within a few short years the majority of the world’s tracks would be online.

The interior itself is a big step up from the regular Clio, with bucket sport seats, a proper Renault Sport steering wheel, racing pedals and upgraded interior trim all around. The Recaro seats have been sidelined, but Renault Sport says they may return in the near future. The bucket seats can be a tad too tight if you’re fast food-inclined, but otherwise they are snug and very supportive around the twisty stuff or on track.

2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review
2013 Renault Clio RS Review

Of course there are a few somewhat annoying aspects of the Clio RS, like terrible rear visibility (reversing camera available), the annoying and very loud rev-limiter beeping sound in Sport mode and the closeness of the accelerator and brake pedal for those of us that prefer left foot braking.

Nonetheless, on the whole, the Renault Clio RS is the ultimate hot hatch for its segment – it’s as simple as that. No other car can match it for performance, style, elegance and purity. Pricing is still unannounced but it’s suspected to either remain at the current $36,490 or even climb a tad higher given the inclusion of a dual clutch transmission.

Check out the photo gallery for more detailed photos of the interior and on-board technology.

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  • Resident

    Sounds like Renault has shot and scored.

    Also sounds like it could go gangbusters in Australia. Could we become RenaultSport’s biggest market?

    • Adrian

      Is possible, we are now currently the second largest market.

  • Yonta

    So how do renault (or any other manufacturer) justify INCREASING prices, when they have been profiteering from favourable exchange rates for years now?  Some manufacturers are AT LEAST  throwing  in extra equipment for the same price, not gouging more.

    • O123

      Renault has said this will be priced lower than the old RS!

  • RBH

    A dumbed down RS Clio for the X-Box generation. Sad

  • Glenn59

    This review sounds very promising.  I do have reservations though about Renault dropping the manual transmission and switching to a turbo motor?  Less linear power and less driver engagement are likely to be the result?  This test was far more positive than one that appeared int the Sydney MOrning HErald’s ‘Drive’ section a day or so ago.  I will be looking forwrd to the first local reviews and eventually a test drive to evaluate thee car for myself. 

    • Alborz

      That one was written prior to the car going on track – the Cup car, the one we are getting. So I would question it…

      • Glenn59

        Thanks for the extra information Alborz.  What  would really like to know though is do you think it is as much fun as the last model?

        • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

          I am a huge fan of manuals, and I think there is something missing in that sense that you dont work has hard for the results and thats a shame, but overall its a fantastic little thing. I couldn’t think of another car in its category i’d rather have. It’s a tad more expensive, but it gets a lot of stuff in it too. 

          • Zaccy16

            i agree, as you probably know im a polo tsi dsg owner and i would pick the rs200 over a gti polo, don’t get me wrong the polo gti is a fantastic car for $28,000 and has probably equally as good or better interior than the but the rs is a step above. It looks great inside and out, sounds like it drives fantastically and should be reasonably priced what more would you want? maybe a manual but if you drive this every day than the dct will be much easier to live with

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      its the way of the world unfortunatly.

      Spoke to the RST guys over a year ago on a trip to France and they were excited about the new stuff going in.

  • Cars

    They look a lot like 5 doors – is this true?????

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      yep. all clios are a five door (or a wagon)

      • Cars

        4 or 5 seats?

        • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

          5 seats

  • Dom Von Hutch

    Too close in price to the megane as always. Frustrating, should be 35k drive away.

    • Resident

      They haven’t even released the car here yet… !

    • Kampfer

      No price on this yet and the Megane RS is $42,640 +orc.  If Clio RS selling $35k d/w no one will buy the Pulsar SSS with a lesser engine and stupid CVT…

      That said, Polo GTi is only $28k +orc and I can’t see Fiesta ST over $30k as well.

      • Zaccy16

        yeah why world you by the pulsar if you could by an rs? i would love to buy one! now to convince the wife!

  • AMAC

    I have had the current Clio RS Cup for 1year+ and will welcome the dual cluch gear box RS into my garage it just means I will keep my current one – its No 1 of the 31 AGP versions – and an excellent week end drive car.

    • RSC200l

      So true what an amazing car the old Clio RS 200!

      A few friends that have driven mine are overwhelmed and don’t want to give it back.

      You can bring any apcar you like but when the going gets twisty and tight the Clio RS 200 is just almost impossible to keep up with, lets just hope the new Clio RS 200 EDC is that enjoyable.

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    i LOVE the current RS200 and if i could afford to own it (can only drive them, Bloody mortgage) but i know a couple of local who have very close ties with the guys in france h/o and they are extremely excited about the new clio rs even though only a few months ago they were bemoaning the loss of the manual transmission and the turbo motor.

    FYI Check out the tourque graph online.

    Ya think its a bit restricted by a computer?

  • Resident

    It is also worth noting that although Renault hasn’t engineered the Clio 200 for a manual (yet), the Nissan Juke R in FWD is available with a 6sp Manual.

    Not all is lost.

  • Lonewolf

    Disappointed no manual box…
    And drop of the properly good brembo brakes, how did the brakes on this fair on the track?

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      It was too wet to honestly say I had a good crack. But they are 320mm and from the laguna, so they are massive. 

      • Monk

        But the track photos are all bone dry – “file footage”??

        • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

          Yes, we have plenty of track photos in the wet, but the dry ones (supplied by renault) look better for obvious reasons. 

          • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

            Here’s a photo from the day, just for you :-)

          • Monk

            I see your point.  And I applaud your service with a smile!

          • Zaccy16

            thats a wet track!

          • Monk

            Zaccy, it is this sort of inane ‘Captain Obvious’ rubbish that propelled you to number one.  The site is so much the richer for it.

  • TheRealThomas

    Looks mean, can’t wait to see the ‘Clio Cup’ track version of this.

  • TheRealThomas

    Note:- No Xenons….. :(

    • Hector

      Are they an option?

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      current clio doesnt have them either in AUS.

      Your old one might but not the current ones.

      probably an option like on the meganes.

    • StevieP

      As far as I know, Renault didn’t design the Clio with xenons in mind due to budgeting reasons. I haven’t seen a single press photo with xenons, when most carmakers put their optional xenons on all their photos.

  • Save It For The Track

    True Renaultsport fans don’t care about ‘Xenons’. Nice to see it still has a proper handbrake. Now bring out a manual version.

    • Nesh

      Xenons don’t add weight/ compromise spirited driving. Why would true renaultsport fans not care? Why not? 

      • Chaitanya Kumar Samardhi

        Its cause of the unnecessary cost mate. I got my 265 cup for 44k, had I gone for the trophee with xenon I would have had to spend about 52. Is it really worth the 8k?, I didnt think so. i do understand we get recaros but I love my sport seats. But a cup has all one needs. So Xenons no big deal, at 1.7k for it.. nope..

        • Resident

          Have you driven a car with them?

          My last three cars have had them (including a 250 Cup Trophee optioned with them) and I’d never go back to standard.

          I definitely had the advantage on my mates through Tasmanian roads at night with adaptive bi-xenons that followed the road (whilst on high beam too).

          • Chaitanya Kumar Samardhi

            The first Megane i drove had the recaros. Are you telling me that the adaptive Xenons follow the roads at high speeds because I thought the adaptive lights to not function at speeds over 40-50 kmph as I am sure it cant keep up with the pace at which the car changes direction.

          • Resident

            They work at any speed depending on how much turn in the steering wheel.

            I can guarantee that – my RS250 with adaptive bi-xenons worked wonders on Tasmanian roads. And I definitely wasn’t doing below 50km/h…

      • Save It For The Track

        Because it’s not relevant to the driving experience of the vehicle. Manual gearbox, and the ability to carve corners (and leave more expensive machinery for dead in corners) is what Renaultsport used to be about.

  • F1orce

    It looks quite good

  • Blair

    For a turbo car it needs 100kW/litre to be anywhere near to the pace, same power NA as FI smacks of cost cutting and/or lazy engineering, we know the RS engineers aren’t lazy so…

    • Nesh

      Yes but Lower pressure turbo smells of broader torque range my friend… The car is about the corners not outright pace… Same power as NA but with 0.4 litre capacity drop…

      • Jg

         and a %25 cut in fuel consumption.

      • Notso Swift

        Like a 10 year old Mini JCW… oh wait that had 160kW then 163 for the turbo R56
        We will be seeing a “RS240Cup” or similar edition soon I wager

  • ShaneMcGrath

    All great until you get another 2 people in the car and go up a hill, Then everyone in their naturally aspirated cheapo V6+ car will be overtaking and laughing at you!
    I drive a V8 myself but the best all round engine in my opinion is a V6 for performance and economy, While not stressing the engine too much!
    No matter what brand of car you get these little 1.4-1.6 litres are like golf carts and only good for 1-2 people in car max, Family car it is not, Zippy car to and from work for single occupant then yeah go for it.

    • Jgh

      Italians manage to get large families into tiny 1.0 cars and drive them faster than the typical Australian driver. As do the French and pretty much the rest of Europe.

      Perhaps your problem is obesity. Endemic to Australian society these days. Stop stuffing yourself and your children with fatty foods and go out and exercise.

      Besides, with 1255kgs and 240NM this Renault has superior torque to weight than a Crummer Omeage with 1680kgs and 290NM so you won’t be laughing up hills in the Crummer, plus the torque peaks earlier in the rev rave in the Renault so it will be less stressed.

      • O123

        and we wonder why cars keep getting bigger, if all the fatties lost some weight we wouldnt use so much fuel.

      • Myn15sss

        Mate it will be more stressed, big torque at low rpm stresses rods, n/a engines are less stressed. And i own a turbo 2.3, facts are fact tho The smaller the displacement then adding a turbo the harder it will be working the engine. But someone with no idea of mechanical workings will understand that. Because they will get away with it for long enough before any problems start to show up.

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      So driven these latley then have you?

      Power to weight (that is what you need)

      Power for hills is Torque not KW’s btw

      High speed is KW’s

      2.0 ltre turbo falcon is obviously a 3 person car then as it is half the 6cyl capacity?

      forget kws & nm

    • TomW

      I think you’re living in the past. My Fabia RS (132kw, 1200-ish kilos) left an old Dodge V8 gasping up a sharp hill outside Northam, WA. The guy wasn’t too happy about the little car overtaking him, but there was absolutely nothing he could do about it. I had a couple of passengers as well. Oh, and the car leaves the majority of NA 6-cylinders for dead as well. I can only imagine the Renault would go even better.

      • Alan Richards

        Yeah, those classic and vintage cars are a real pain on our roads.  I suspect that if you drive a Fabia, then other drivers are just shocked at your vehicle’s weird stying and will either be laughing or scratching their heads.

        • TomW

          Not entirely sure what your point is, but yes I’m sure the styling is polarising. And I have no beef with “classic” or “vintage” cars. I merely made the point that a small car with that amount of power WILL climb a hill with passengers as good as most vehicles on the road.

          • Monk

            Picking an old dodge V8 to prove your thesis is not exactly conclusive. Could your Fabia beat an XR6T? SS Bombodore?Liberty GT? Rex? 3 MPS? 10yo 6 MPS?

            A number of the newer turbo diesels from the Kaiser country would pick up and run faster (new A6 is almost as quick as an XR6T for goodness’ sake!!). My 60yo father’s diesel Q5 does 0-100 in 6.5secs and needs refuelling once in a blue moon.

          • TomW

            Of course it won’t beat most of those, though I’d give it a chance against the 6 MPS and the Liberty. Certainly a Commodore 3.0… 

            Anyway, back to the Renault. It looks like a decent car. It will do well IF they price it right.

  • SJW

    5 door only, no manual, no Brembos, no Recaros, no Perfohub, may as well just buy a Golf or something equally boring.

    • Amlohac

      5 door only – so what, it then markets well to more people AND insurance will be cheaper

      No manual – As above, but youre right, i’d like a manual personally but oh well, LAUNCH CONTROL!

      No brembos – 320mm Brakes arent fully sick enough for you? Its ok your local super cheap has some red plastic covers to keep you happy.

      No Recaros – not yet theres not, im sure it will be an option just like on the Megane RS265, Plus a lot of people find those seats unforgiving. Like the wider population, and if your not careful sliding into the seat the bolsters attack your gentlemans jewelery.

      And a Golf isnt the same. Try Polo GTI as a comparo car.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Nice tripod shot.

  • Richard

    Please bring a version of the Clio RS with the normal Sports suspension. The CUP suspension is far too stiff for pot marked Australian roads.

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      As mentioned ealerier and from my own experience, australians will only want (not necessarily need) to Cup chassis when it comes to secondhand vehicles.

      I have sold bothe a cup and non cup model RS225 and 197’s side by side and the cup will sell for thousands more and the only question we get on the others is ‘does it have the cup chassis? No! oh well i look elsewhere.”

      I believe the GT versions will be better for people wanting pace and comfort – sort of like a Polo/Golf GTi suspension.

      Clio will have one of these and i believe the Megane might be coming hopefully soon to plug the dollar gap between base and rs models.

  • RBH

    This car has been dumbed down from it’s RS Clio 3 predecessor. They’ve gone for a different market. This is a Polo GTI rival now. The RS Clio 3 didn’t really have a rival. It was a niche product. It’s closest rival was probably the GT86/BRZ. The reason it’s putting out a (frankly) underwhelming 147kw/240nm, it that the upper limit of its dumbed-down non-Perfohub chassis before it starts torque steering. All the cool gear that makes the RS265 such a great drive is absent here…replaced with cheap-to-install electronic toys in the hope you won’t notice. I’m sure that this new RS200 EDC is a great little car, but viewed from the perspective of what it could have been (i.e. Perforhub, a real LSD, Brembos, 170kw/300nm), it’s a disappointment. It’ll probably appeal to a wider audience than the previous car, but most existing RS Clio owners are going to be defecting.

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      Spoken to Renault France people and they were all of the same opinion as yourself until………… they drove it.

      I will hold my (somewhat biased) judgment but the power figures are dumbed down by the computer (noone can engineer an engine to have that sort of torque curve so perfect.

      The competition are still in the low 130kw mark and overboost to get near this engine.

      Yes i want a manual and give me back my NA motor as i love it soo much. Brembos + Marketing and extra cost of replacement. Dont you think the guys from Renaulsport know what they are doing when they design a braking system?

      Recaro’s will be there …… eventually.

    • Guest

      wah wah wah RBH you sound like a broken record on the matter…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/rene.spoors René Anthony Spoors

    I think I’d rather have a peugeot 208 or a fiesta ST just because of the manual transmission option. Pug’s interior is nicer too IMO

  • Nobody

    I think you meant 0-400m not “0-400km/h”the clio rs is supposed to be cheap, light, capable and tactile. just because porsche has replaced the manual in the gt3 with a “special” pdk, it doesn’t make it okay for everyone to give into the dual-clutch tomfoolery. renault had to compromise with their dct while porsche did not with their pdk. 

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      And the compromise is?

      oh thats right – no manual.

      • Nobody

         the compromise is control and drive-ability. the review doesn’t make mention of how the transmission performs in low speed or even just 6/10ths driving. does it hold gears in manual mode? will it shift predictably? unlike the the gt3, the clio rs is more likely to see more less-than-limit driving. with the stick and pedal, you shift how you want, launch how you want, and shift when you want.

        • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

          in my driving of the current EDC gearbox in a 1.5l t/diesel engine it shifts when you want it and how you want it. the only issue currently is the lack of quick multiple shifts like you can in a manual.

          The RS guys fixed this and it does hold gears in manual mode currently so will do it again.

          The RS guys will not do something that is not up to their standards. they are seperate to Renault just like the m division of BMW and AMG to Mercedes.

          In my history of turbo charged cars i have driven hard (been a few) autos tend to lend themselves better to an auto application due to the human factor being removed and the benefit of being able to hold the turbo ‘on boost’ and not doing damage to the drivetrain.

          drive a manual Sirocco then an auto and you will see what i mean.

          Auto is quicker and, as you mentioned above, because these are not driven at the limit all the time, they are a better everyday car for everyday people.

          I think the issue a lot of people have at the moment is the purity has gone from what people believe is the renaultsport brand. this is rubbish.

          did you know the current rs250/265 has electric steering and throttle? noone critisises this as they have done a great job of using it to their advantage. Renault are the pioneers of high power turbo cars so why no put one in the Clio RS? This is history repeating of small turbo engine being the better choice. (you may want to check F1 history for this if you dont believe me)

          World is now that fuel consumption and CO2 reign supreme in the boardroom and sales floor.

          If you cant beat em join em…..just do it better than others.

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    how about the new 1.6 Turbo producing about 550kw that Renault has in development.

    Who wants this in the clio instead? RS750 anyone?

  • Butch

    Tiring discussion. Buy it or shut-up.

  • Guest

    Hey People remember there is another brand that may fill in your missing requirements within Renaultsport and that is “Gordini”.  The missing recaros, manual, more power maybe reserved for the future Gordini versions.  Remember Renault has said it is now in the process of repositioning the Gordini models in the near future to higher power track focused road performance models sitting above normal RS models. Rightfully placing the Gordini brand with it’s past heritage so for now I would just wait and see, not all has been revealed…

    I see some great times ahead, with Alpine models and their motorsport push, a revived Gordini brand for HiPo models and the standard base renaultsport models…  

    I this soon we will be spoiled for choice, they just have to make it to australia if renault australi management here can keep the marketing momentum going, get a spread of decent dealers and be able to offer models people what, base and performance, shopping trolly and halo…

    • The Real Wile E

      Australia ia a tiny insignificant market. 
      Getting the Gordini is a big call.

      • Dave

        Australia is now the second biggest market for RenaultSport, so we have a LOT of say in models sold here.

        • Kevin

          Rubbish.  2nd largest is misleading.  Renautl Sports makes so many variants that for the variants imported to Aus, we are the 2nd largest.

          • Dave

            I do believe you dont know what you are talking about.

            RenaultSport make and sell the Clio 200, and the Megane 265.

            basing on old clio 200 there were initially a mixture of Cups and Cup Trophees. The Cup was essentially a specced up Cup luxe in europe called Full Fat by communities. It had soft touch plastics etc whereby the euro delivered had a nasty hard dash and trim.

            The 200 Cup Trophee then had a number of extras on top. After that, there were a large number of special editions such as the 20th anniversary, Australian Grand Prix, Angel and Demon, and finally the Red Bull. All were available with different wheels, colours etc. most of these models were Australian only!

            Then the 250 and 265 Megane, well need i go on or are you satisfied with my explanation of how large the australian market is for Renault Sport?

  • Dave

    Maybe Alpine will get hold of it and do something special now that the brand has been revived

  • MK

    Don’t know whether to spend a a bit more on a new MK7 GTI or go a bit smaller and cheaper and get one of these as my first hot hatch

  • Tom C

    I would love a go in one of these on the track as there Flappy paddles are fantastic, on the road I feel a manual transmission will be sorely missed.