We’re certainly envious of the Brazil-only Renault Sandero RS since it’s one of the most affordable hot hatches currently available – and now even more so due to the new Racing Spirit version.
In Europe, the Sandero goes with Dacia branding, but unfortunately the Romanian automaker is not offering the sporty version that South Americans get. And the offer is now even more enticing thanks to the introduction of the Racing Spirit trim adding standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires at 205/45 R17 and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels to go with them. The hot supermini is also getting red-painted brake calipers and a wide array of red body accents for elements such as the side mirror caps and other parts of the body. The exterior also gets red side stripes with “Racing Spirit” lettering and a checkered flag.
Renault also modified the interior – the limited-edition Sandero RS comes with an individually numbered plate to show off the one of 1,500 examples status. The cabin also gets the same black and red theme. The powertrain remains unchanged though – naturally aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 150 horsepower and 205 Newton-meters (151 pound-feet) of torque. That’s enough for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in eight seconds and a maximum speed of 125 mph (202 kph).