EVO magazine mentioned that even the Clio Renaultsport was more fun than the A/T Subaru BRZ... and that was the outgoing RS Clio with the normally aspirated 2.0 engine.
Now there's the New Clio Renaultsport
The new Renaultsport Clio 200, the performance version of the new Clio 4 that’s been revealed at the Paris motor show, will be exclusively available with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, spelling the end for the famed Renaultsport Clio hallmarks of high-revving normally aspirated engines mated to manual gearboxes.
This switch, claims Renaultsport’s managing director Patrice Ratti, will take the car’s “sporting driving experience to the next level”.
The new 1.6 turbo engine produces 197bhp at 6000rpm. The outgoing RS Clio’s normally aspirated 2.0 unit produced the same power, but at 7200rpm.
Torque is increased by 19lb ft to 177lb ft over the outgoing car’s 158lb ft. But whereas the 2.0 engine’s peak torque arrived at 5400rpm, the turbocharger in the new car’s 1.6 allows peak torque to be available from just 1750rpm and remain constant until 5600rpm.
The Renaultpsort-developed dual-clutch transmission – named ‘EDC’ (Efficient Dual Clutch) – can be left to its own devices or manually controlled using steering wheel mounted shifters. It can make gearshifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode, but will still be comfortable and user friendly for everyday use, according to Renault.