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.
We may yet see the Trophy rejoin the local line-up as a later addition, but, for now, Renault isn’t saying. (“There is no Trophy at this stage,” is the official word from the Australian arm.)
Priced from $30,990, the 2018 Clio RS picks up a number of minor aesthetic tweaks, including a standout styling feature in the form of new combination LED fog, cornering and side lights, inspired by Renault Sport’s chequered-flag logo.
As with the wider Clio range, the updated RS also gets revised headlight internals, a new front bumper, new LED tail lamps and a new-look 18-inch wheel design. The 17-inch wheels are unchanged.
The RS hatch’s drivetrain is unchanged, with a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine producing 147kW and 260Nm, sent to the front wheels through a six-speed EDC dual-clutch auto. Paddle shifters are also featured.
Renault says it has also introduced updated, higher-quality dashboard materials in the cabin, along with an updated version of its infotainment system with digital radio and the option of Android Auto (as part of the Entertainment Pack).
Front parking sensors have been added, along with engine idle stop/start, climate control air-con, a tyre pressure warning system and LED cabin lights.
Black Pack, $500: F1-inspired black blade on front bumper, black boot lid and black Renault Sport badge, black rear diffuser, black trim inserts on side door protection and black 17 inch alloy wheels (Sport only, Cup has black alloys).
Leather Pack, $1500: dark leather upholstery with red highlights and RS badge on front headrest, heated front seats and height adjustable passenger seat.
Entertainment Pack, $1500: R-LINK navigation and multimedia system with voice control, Android Auto phone mirroring, RS Monitor, BOSE premium sound system (four speakers, two dashboard tweeters, bass box and amplifier) and R-Sound.
Clio RS Sport – $30,990
Clio RS Cup – $32,490
All prices exclude on-road costs