The more powerful Renault Clio RS220 Trophy made its debut overnight at the Geneva motor show.
Under the bonnet, the RS220 features an engine with a larger turbo, a redesigned air intake, updated exhaust and new engine mapping. Thus equipped, the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine now churns out 164kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, with 280Nm available in fourth and fifth gears.
That’s 15kW and 20Nm more than the same motor produces in the regular Clio RS200.
According to Renault, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission is now able to perform its gear changes up to 30 per cent quicker. Additionally, the company has reduced the travel of the steering wheel pedals to enable faster down shifts. Automatic engine stop/start is disabled by default whenever the RS220 Trophy is put into Sport or Race modes.
The company has fitted the RS220 Trophy with firmer shock absorbers and hydraulic bump stops, as well as suspension that’s been lowered by 20mm at the front and 10mm at the back. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 205/40 Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber as standard.
The RS220 can be distinguished from lesser Clio RS models by the Trophy badging on the front spoiler and rear door, as well as numbered side sills. On the inside there’s an embossed leather steering wheel.
Optional extras include an on-board telemetry system, heated leather sports seats, and faux carbonfibre for the door handles, air vent surrounds and transmission base plate.
The Clio RS220 Trophy will enter European showrooms from June 2015 prior to going on sale in 10 other markets. We’re waiting to hear back from Renault’s local arm as to whether Australia is one of those markets.