Paris Motor Show: New Renault Clio RS presented image

Renault has presented the new generation of the Clio RS hot hatch at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

After being caught testing on the Nurburgring over the past months, the new generation of the Renault Clio RS is finally here and the French based automaker has recently pulled the wraps off its body at the Paris Motor Show. Renault says that the Dieppe factory will keep producing two versions of the Clio RS, the Sport and the Cup, with the latter being 15 percent stiffer and with a 5 mm lower ride height. The new Clio RS 200 EDC is now coming with 320 mm ventilated brake discs on the front axle and with regular brake discs in the rear.

The most important part of the new Clio RS is found under its hood where Renault has ditched the old 2.0 liter naturally aspirated engine for a new 1.6 liter Turbo, which is producing a total output of 200 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque, available between 1,750 rpm and 5,600 rpm. With the RS Drive, the driver of the Clio RS can choose between three modes, Normal, Sport and Race, and the new transmission can change gears in just 150 milliseconds in “Race Mode”. The new Clio RS is also coming with the R-Link system with the R-Sound Effect, which is generating engine sounds and it’s playing them through the car’s speakers.