Nurburgring taken down by the Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy image

The famed Nurburgring Nordscleife has a new champion when it comes to the B segment – the new time breaker is a hot hatch usual suspect: the Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy.

The French company, which is a well known acquaintance of those looking to have hot hatches that won’t break the bank has recently announced the Clio RS 220 Trophy is now the holder of the fastest lap in the small hot hatch (B) segment on the racetrack. The main honor to be the fastest forward drive car on the famed circuit still belongs to the Honda Civic Type R. Nevertheless, the small rocket is impressive in delivering a lap around the ‘Ring in 8:32 minutes – which is about 36 seconds faster than a standard Clio RS 200 EDC. The test run was done without the help of a professional driver to spice up the things – instead behind the wheel sat Sport Auto’s editor Christian Gebhardt, who is a well known lapper of the Nurburgring in B-segment hot hatches. He performed the run in a Mini John Copper Works in 8:35 minutes, and the honorable third spot award goes to the new Opel Corsa OPC which nailed a 8:40 time, just ahead of the pricier Audi S1that had a time of 8:41 minutes.

The Clio RS 220 Trophy has been around since March when it was shown during the Geneva Motor Show and has the 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine treated to 220 hp (162 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, with a temporary boost function to lift the maximum torque to 207 lb-ft (280 Nm). The model also got a reworked EDC automatic transmission for 40 percent faster gear changes in the Normal setup and up to 50 percent quicker when selecting Race.

Via Renault via Sport Auto and

  • Paul MacDonald

    I’d rather lose a limb than go through ownership of another ‘hot’ Renault – among other things the RenaultSport Clio 200 (Also the 197) came with a faulty gearbox as standard, the synchro mech degrades.

    Disgusted at Renault when the fault is well known with extremely high failures for this model, their dealers are aware of the ‘known problem’ but speak to Renault customer care and they still deny knowing anything about it…

    Hundreds of cases on the internet, Renault are not interested as it costs nearly £4,000 to fix (In a Renault dealership which are extortionate..)

    A terrible, irresponsible manufacturer and I would recommend avoiding at all costs – there are plenty good cars out there to choose from and enjoy without the misery of Renault ownership!!!