The sporty arm of Renault is launching a limited run of collector’s edition Clio RS models in South Africa.
For 2018, Renault Sport is releasing a special, collectable edition of the Clio RS that will satisfy the F1 enthusiast. Just 65 units will be available in the South African market.
The RS 18 as it’s called takes the Cup chassis from last year’s Clio Trophy and turns it into something more hardcore. The suspension is lowered and stiffened and the front end features hydraulic bump stops. Beyond that, there’s an Akrapovic exhaust system that emits a unique soundtrack for the Clio RS 18.
Visually the RS 18 is different too. It has the same colour scheme as the current Renault F1 car, showing off deep black and liquid yellow accents.
Renault Sport decals are pinned on the door panels and on the roof while the Renault badge is blacked out at both ends.
The door sills reflect a unique number to add to what Renault RS believes will be a collectable model in the future.
Power remains the same, delivering 162 kW and 280 Nm from the 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine. It is equipped with a launch control mode and a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox only.
As with Renault’s entire range, the Clio models come standard with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty. The Clio range also offers a standard 3-year/45 000 km service plan with the R.S. being 3-year/ 30 000km. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km, with R.S. models at 10 000 km.
Renault Clio - Price in SA (May 2018)
New Clio 66kW Turbo Authentique - R211 900
New Clio 66kW Turbo Expression - R229 900
New Clio 66kW Turbo Dynamique - R246 900
New Clio 88kW Turbo EDC Expression - R269 900
New Clio 88kW Turbo GT-Line - R269 900
- New Clio R.S. 18 F1 (Incl. Metallic Paint) - R449 900