Data published by the magazine this week, and supported by the German arm of Renault, shows a lap time of 8 minutes 32 seconds. That’s nearly 40 seconds slower than the RS220’s big brother the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, but, as the magazine’s additional laps suggest, convincingly quicker than its most direct rivals.
Gebhardt’s laps saw the turbocharged 164kW 1.6-litre RS220 neatly outpace all three, the 170kW Cooper JCW coming closest with a 8:35 lap. The 170kW all-wheel drive S1 and the 152kW Corsa OPC listed 8:41 and 8:40 times respectively.
Over its regular RS200 sibling, the Clio RS220 boasts a larger turbo and redesigned air intake, along with a revised exhaust design and new engine mapping.
There’s also a ‘torque boost’ function for the fourth and fifth gears of the RS220’s six-speed auto, which has been updated to offer 30 per cent faster shifts.
Driving changes are rounded out with stiffer shock absorbers and hydraulic bump stoppers, and a 20/10mm lower front/rear suspension setup.
The Clio RS220 made its Australian debut this month, priced from $39,990. What do you think of that deal, given this latest report of segment-smashing performance? Tell us in the comments below.