Video: Renault Clio RS200 Lux impressions
Renault’s decision to swap the snappy, short-shift manual gearbox of the previous-generation Clio RS for a high-tech, dual-clutch version with shift paddles upset the petrolhead fraternity – and they had a point: it was clumsy, and got in the way of a brilliant package. An updated version sticks with the EDC gearbox – but updated software and other refinements make the result a lot more satisfying.
Make & model: Renault Clio RS 200 Lux
Engine: In-line four-cylinder 1618 cc, turbo
Power: 147 kW @ 6 050 rpm
Torque: 260 Nm @ 2 000 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio: 125,43 kW/ton
Gearbox: Six-speed dual clutch, FWD
Wheels/tyres: 17-inch alloys, 205/45 R17 tyres
0-100 km/h: 6,7 sec
Top speed: 230 km/h
Fuel tank capacity: 45 litres
Fuel consumption (claimed): 5,9 litres/100km
Operating range (claimed): 763 km
CO2 emissions: 133 g/km
Subtle improvements have made it fun again.
The most expensive option in its class.
Retail price: R379 900
Ford Fiesta ST: R325 900
VW Polo GTI DSG: R376 000