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Renault has recently announced the first details on the upcoming 2014 Clio Cup, which should hit the market sometimes next year.

The Renault Clio Cup will be a direct competitor to the upcoming Volkswagen Polo R and the model is currently undergoing testing but its familiar styling will be distinguished by the aggressive front fascia, by the rear wing which can provide 40 kg of downforce at 201 km/h (useless on a front-wheel drive car), a roof mounted scoop and a fresh set of 17-inch Speedline Corse alloy wheels.

Power to the new Renault Clio Cup will be provided by the same engine used on the Clio RS, the 1.6 liter turbocharged, which, thanks to some minor tweaks, is now providing a total output of 220 horsepower (161 kW) and it has a peak torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). The unit is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission which is sending power to the front wheels via a limited slip differential.

Renault says that other performance parts fitted onto the upcoming Clio Cup include the data acquisition system with the dashboard mounted display, the AP racing brakes or the ZF Sachs adjustable dampers. The new Renault Clio Cup will go on sale in September next year and its price will start at 37,800 without VAT, on the Old Continent. Future customers will need a really good reason to buy this instead of the new VW Golf GTI, even if they’re not competing against each other.