Update: Renault's local division has confirmed the Clio RS 18 should arrive in Australia during the second half of 2018.
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The limited-edition Renault Clio RS 18 has been unveiled with styling touches that are said to pay homage to company's most famous Formula One vehicles.

With black Renault emblems, badges, diffuser, and paint, the RS 18 cuts a mean stance. The monotone look is primarily broken up via yellow highlights around the lower air intake, alloy wheel centre caps, and side sills.

The car also has grey decals, RS 18 badging on the doors, and Renault Sport's double-diamond logo on the roof.

Named after Renault Sport's 2018 Formula One contender, the limited edition model is based on the Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy. As such, it has a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine cranking out 164kW of power, with 280Nm of torque available on overboost.

The RS 18 also features lowered and stiffened suspension, front dampers with hydraulic compression stops, a sharper steering setup, and an Akrapovic exhaust.

On the inside, the RS 18 has numbered plates, a steering wheel covered in a mixture of faux suede and leather, and fake carbon-fibre trim around the air vents.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Mel Cross, corporate communications manager for Renault's local arm, said the RS 18 should arrive in Australian showrooms during the second half of 2018.


CORRECTION: This article originally read that the Clio RS Trophy is not available in Australia. In fact, it launched here in October. Details here.