LAUNCHED: RenaultSport Clio 220 Trophy

We recently found ourselves behind the wheel of the new RenaultSport Clio 220 Trophy. Aesthetically, it’s a five-door car that looks as though it only has three doors as someone’s hidden the rear handles in the C pillar. It’s broad too by virtue of a wide bumper and nothing else – no blisters now and the foglamps resemble checker flags – cool! There is also a silver rear diffuser housing a pair of boisterous pipes. It’s pretty and noisy, with some performance to boot.

 

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This RenaultSport Clio 220 Trophy has been endowed with the sport chassis, dropped firmly into an aggressive stance on black 18-inch alloy hoops shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. Also sports an auto that shifts quicker than a Nissan GT-R allegedly.

There is also a RenaultSport Clio 200 Lux with fabric seats (the Trophy has leather) and a 1.6-litre turbo engine that pushes out 147 kW. It dashes to 100 km/h in 6.7sec. The 220 Trophy that we drove has a more powerful version of the same engine and the specs stand as follows:
162kW/280Nm | 0-100kph in 6.6sec
R419,900 TROPHY (R379,900 LUX)
3 year / 30,000 service plan
5 year / 150,000 warranty

VERDICT: Clio RS continues to be formidable

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