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Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Welcome to another instalment of our little Top Driving Roads series, intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. To clarify, driving isn’t always about going fast; we want to make that bit clear...

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2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs
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2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs

The toughened-up new 2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy goes on sale locally today, priced from $42,990 (drive away). Packing a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 162kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, the engine is capable of increasing torque output by 20Nm to 280Nm in fourth and fifth gears using an overboost feature...


CarAdvice podcast 64: We talk to Holden after ACCC investigation
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CarAdvice podcast 64: We talk to Holden after ACCC investigation

Mandy Turner, Paul Maric and James Wong join you this week for an episode full of new-model details, and a talk about Holden's run-in with the ACCC. The new-gen SUV Peugeot 3008 touches down, Honda Jazz gets an update inside and out, a new engine option for Subaru Levorg, the Renault Clio RS receives a facelift, and the Hyundai Santa Fe gets standard safety features...


2018 Renault Clio RS pricing and specs: New looks, more kit
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2018 Renault Clio RS pricing and specs: New looks, more kit

The facelifted 2018 Renault Clio RS is now on sale in Australia, almost a year on from its European-market unveiling. Arriving on the heels of its recently launched regular siblings, the revised RS is again offered in just Sport and Cup forms, but the Trophy model - with its new Akrapovic exhaust system and lower suspension - is out of sight...


Renault Clio RS.16 tipped for production, Australian launch has potential
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Renault Clio RS.16 tipped for production, Australian launch has potential

Renault’s hot hatch on steroids, the Renault Clio RS.16, could soon be headed for the production line. And, in potentially good news for Aussie fans of the Reggie, a limited number could be built in right-hand drive - with a small allocation set for our shores. While recent rumours hinted at Renault making an official announcement at the Paris motor show, no confirmation was forthcoming...


2017 Renault Clio RS 16 spied
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2017 Renault Clio RS 16 spied

The Renault Clio RS 16 seems like it will soon be heading into production, if these spy photos are anything to go by. Compared to the Clio RS 16 concept that made its debut just before the Monaco Grand Prix, this prototype seems to be missing a few items, including flared wheel arches, 19-inch alloy wheels, chequered flag-style driving lights, and squared off exhaust tips...


Renault to launch Alpine coupe in Australia priced around $75k
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Renault to launch Alpine coupe in Australia priced around $75k

Renault Australia is steadily gearing up to launch the eagerly awaited Alpine sports car brand here in 2018, likely priced just under the conceptually similar Alfa Romeo 4C. The lightweight and likely mid-engined two-seater is creeping ever closer to production, slated to begin in 2017 in Dieppe, France, alongside the Clio RS...


Renault Clio RS 16 could soon go into limited production - report
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Renault Clio RS 16 could soon go into limited production - report

The Renault Clio RS 16 concept revealed earlier this year could make it to production, albeit in limited numbers, a new report claims. According to French website Caradisiac, Renault will make an official announcement at the Paris motor show in October...


2017 Renault Clio RS and GT Line unveiled
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2017 Renault Clio RS and GT Line unveiled

The updated Renault Clio RS and GT Line models have been unveiled with a host of styling tweaks. In terms of design, the revised Clio RS and GT Line models adopt the changes made to the rest of the small hatch range, including the new LED internals for the headlights and redesigned tail-lights...


Renault Clio RS 16 concept unveiled with Megane RS power - video
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Renault Clio RS 16 concept unveiled with Megane RS power - video

The Renault Clio RS 16 concept has been unveiled ahead of this weekend's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, celebrating both Renault Sport's 40th birthday and Renault's return to Formula One...


2017 Renault Clio RS 'KZ 01' leaked: more power, bolder styling
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2017 Renault Clio RS 'KZ 01' leaked: more power, bolder styling

Photos of a new Renault Clio RS variant, or a concept precursor, have been leaked and published online ahead of its debut next week at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although these images of the so-called 'KZ 01' originally surfaced on fan forums, we first spotted this new Clio RS at the The Automobilist...


Renault Clio RS220 Trophy v Renault Megane RS265 Cup: Comparison Review
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Renault Clio RS220 Trophy v Renault Megane RS265 Cup: Comparison Review

Intra-brand rivalries can be fun. Comparing the top-spec variant of one model in a manufacturer's line-up with the entry-level version of another, can often deliver interesting outcomes. And when the gap between them, in sheer dollar terms anyway, is rather close, things can be even more interesting...


Renault Sport restructured, massive R&D and sales increase planned
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Renault Sport restructured, massive R&D and sales increase planned

Groupe Renault has separated its Renault Sport Technologies performance arm into distinct road and motorsport divisions. Chairman Carlos Ghosn revealed Renault’s plans overnight at the Technocentre in Guyancourt. The result: Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars...


Renault Sport's success in Australia due to consistency
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Renault Sport's success in Australia due to consistency

Renault Sport’s success in Australia is due to its consistency and relevance to the Australian market, according to the brand’s vice president of sales, marketing and communication. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Renault Megane in Portugal this week, Regis Fricotte admitted that Australian’s deep love affair with sports cars has been fundamental to the brand’s local success...


Renault Sport brand not limited to Clio and Megane
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Renault Sport brand not limited to Clio and Megane

French sports car manufacturer, Renault Sport, says its brand is not just limited to the Clio RS and Megane RS. The performance arm of Renault is likely to expand its model lineup with SUVs and potentially even pickup trucks in the medium to long-term future...


Renault Clio RS220 clocks class-beating Nurburgring lap
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Renault Clio RS220 clocks class-beating Nurburgring lap

The new Renault Clio RS220 is now the quickest ‘B segment’ hot hatch to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife, according to German magazine Sport Auto. Data published by the magazine this week, and supported by the German arm of Renault, shows a lap time of 8 minutes 32 seconds...


Renault Clio RS220 Trophy: $39,990 hero hits Australia
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Renault Clio RS220 Trophy: $39,990 hero hits Australia

The limited-edition Renault Clio RS220 Trophy is now on sale in Australia, bringing more power and driving enhancements to the local hot-hatch party. Priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs, the RS220 demands a $2500 premium over the RS200 Cup Premium, while sitting a whopping $10,500 above the most affordable Clio RS model, the 200 Sport...


Weekend deals on wheels
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Weekend deals on wheels

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Volvo XC60 and V40 Small wonder Volvo sales are up double digits in 2015 — look at the deals it continues to offer...


Renault Sport SUV still on cards as growth targets loom
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Renault Sport SUV still on cards as growth targets loom

Renault Sport will seek to double its sales over the next few years, and while much of this is expected to come from the next-generation (five-door-only Megane RS), it looks like also necessitating the addition of a whole new RS derivative. The French brand’s in-house performance arm makes the Clio RS and track-honed Megane RS, and also fettles ‘lesser’ Renault GT and GT-Line models...


Renault Clio RS Australian sales form nearly one-tenth of global total
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Renault Clio RS Australian sales form nearly one-tenth of global total

We always knew the Renault Clio RS was popular in Australia — you may recall the long-term loaner we had in our Melbourne office — but here’s a statistic that puts it into perspective. This week we popped by Renault’s small plant in the coastal city of Dieppe, where Clio bodies-in-white are transported and turned into RS hot hatches, with their new drivetrains (made by Nissan Japan), cabins, suspension and body add-ons...