A hot-hatch like no other, the Renault Clio RenaultSport has perfectly balanced power with practicality, making it a very unique speed demon, indeed.
The Clio RenaultSport is like no other performance hot hatch, offering a turbocharged engine with a five-door body, providing cleaner but still devilish performance.
Through new innovations, the Clio RenaultSport is a speed demon with a difference, making it practical for everyday driving as well as when you want to show its true performance.
Under the bonnet
The Clio RenaultSport is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, rather than the 2.0-litre engine but you needn't worry about power!
In fact, although the new engine produces 200bhp, same as the 2.0-litre, it hits 0-62mpg in only 6.7 seconds, which is a few seconds faster than the prior model thanks to the power being more accessible through the turbocharged engine. The 220 Trophy, makes the Clio RenaultSport a tenth faster, getting from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds.
Whilst not the most integral part of being a speed demon, a respectable economy is still important to have alongside raw power and the Clio RenaultSport seems to find the perfect balance between performance and economy.
The MPG has increased by 30% compared to the prior model, returning up to 47.9mpg on a combined cycle, which is respectable, even in the hatchback class. C02 emissions have also been cut from 190g/km to 133g/km, dropping the tax bill from £265 to £130 a year - meaning a £135 saving!
With performance design touches everywhere, there is no mistaking this car has style. From the gaping twin tailpipes and rear diffuser to the distinctive front-end, which features an F1-style silver front blade, exclusive to RenaultSport.
At the base of this performance are bulging wheel arches, which can feature 17" or 18" gloss-black alloys. The overall look feels aggressive, thanks to the boot spoiler, a deep front bumper and the RenaultSport badging, which transforms the curvy, regular Clio into something more devilish!
Even though the Clio RenaultSport is a five-door, it doesn't look like one - keeping the performance coupe style! The designers at RenaultSport have neatly hidden the rear door handles with a rising beltline, keeping a rakish profile, but adding practicality.
It has a large boot at the rear with 300-litres available in a deep, usable, square shape. The seats also fold easily, creating a massive 1,146 litres, which is surprising amount of space for any performance vehicle.
Interior is still sporty, even though it's practical. The supportive sports seat, the grey-faced RS dials, and the race red flashes on the gearstick, doors and air-vents complement the performance look in the Clio RenaultSport.
As well, the interior is fully loaded with tech, including sat-nav, Bluetooth, cruise control and USB connectivity, which is all controlled from the central seven-inch touchscreen tablet. You can also get a RenaultSport Monitor, which gives real-time performance data on a colour screen. If you want to use this car on track days this screen is really useful for tracking your fastest laps from your favourite race tracks. It also lets you view different engine and gearbox parameters.