Move over, Polo GTI, here comes the 2013 Renault Clio RS 200. As the name suggest, this is the performance version of the French mini hatchback.
Unlike its naturally-aspirated predecessor, the new model is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission. Despite losing 400cc, the new RS produces the same power at 197bhp. What is more impressive is that turbocharged lump generates 26Nm more torque and achieves its peak torque at a much lower 1750rpm (vs 5400rpm in the old model).
The pocket rocket allows the driver to select between normal and sport mode via an 'RS' button. In addition, a 'Race mode' for the transmission can be chosen and gear change would only take a mere 150 milliseconds. The car will also be offered with an optional Launch Control system. Although the century sprint timing of the new RS is not released, it is speculated to be below 6.5 seconds in 'Race mode'.
The exterior styling details warn the rest of the road users not to mess with this little mean machine. The blackened side mirrors, LED DRLs, redesigned bumpers, red brake calipers, 17" black alloys differentiate the RS variant from its lesser brethren.
On the inside, the RS gets red trimmings all over and sports bucket seats to keep your butt in place during hard cornering. Other standard features include touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as Renault