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The latest addition to the Clio R.S. Range – Clio R.S. 18 F1 was preceded by numerous derivatives which were legendary in their own right, to name but a few – The 1st R.S. model, the Renault Clio Williams (1993) that was designed to celebrate the success of the Renault-powered F1 team at the time. More powerful Renault Sport models emerged post the Clio Phase 2’s revamp, in the guise of the incredible Renault Sport Clio V6, with the 3.0-litre V6 engine housed in the rear of the vehicle, with increased power output, making it the fastest model to this day. The limited edition Renault Sport Clio 182 Trophy launched in 2005 was also deemed legendary amongst Renault Sport enthusiasts.

The long line of iconic Clio R.S. models was boosted with the local introduction of the Renault Sport Clio 200 & 200 Cup, which proved their worth in every road test entered. The Clio 20th Anniversary model, which was launched in 2010 in celebration of Clio’s 20th year of being, was distinguished by its Pearl White paint, black alloys and black roof, a striking and extremely coveted limited edition indeed.

The much celebrated Clio R.S. model line-up was further complemented through the Clio R.S. Red Bull, another extremely admired limited edition, with its distinct colour scheme and much larger 18″ wheels.

Following on these illustrious Renault Sport Clio models, it is with pride that the new Clio R.S.18 F1 is introduced to the market – a formidable hot hatch, further enriched thanks to Renault Sport expertise.

FORMIDABLE CLIO R.S. 18 F1 MODEL

Renault Sport has proudly unveiled yet another momentous RS Model in support of the 2018 Formula 1 Season – the Collector Edition’s CLIO R.S 18. This future collector’s item is especially intended for motorsport enthusiasts, starting with fans of Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr.

NEXT LEVEL SPORTY DESIGN

Boldly expressing the link between the race track and the road, CLIO R.S. 18 bears the same name as the Renault F1 race car competing in the Grand Prix. It also features the same iconic colour scheme as the Renault Sport F1 Team car: its Deep Black cloak and accented Liquid Yellow – a look that just exudes performance.

Clio R.S. 18’s exclusive styling is also reflected in the Renault Sport decals added to the door panels and the roof. The blacked out badging and rear diffuser contrasted by the yellow details on the side strips, front blade and wheel caps make the overall look even more radical. The doorsills on this limited edition model also reveal a unique number for that added acclaim.

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NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE

The feisty Clio R.S. 18 is powered by a 1.6L Turbo-charged engine, featuring a lowered and stiffened Trophy chassis – front suspension featuring hydraulic compression stops, and an Akrapovic exhaust system, the New Clio R.S. 18 is a purebred sports car, destined to be highly collectible.

Clio R.S. 18 boasts the Launch Control feature enabling simulation of an experienced racing driver.

This electronic intelligence allows the driver to experience the exhilaration of a standing start. ‘Launch Control’ is activated with paddles at hand, right foot on the accelerator and left foot on the brake. Once the left foot is raised from the aluminium pedal, the New Clio R.S. explodes off the line, with breathtakingly dynamic gear changes.

FROM TRACK TO ROAD

The phenomenal Clio R.S.18 displays the ultimate in Renault Sport technology with an impressive range of track oriented features that demonstrate the prowess of the direct F1 technology transfer to this exclusive model. The innovative R.S. Drive button gives you access to three modes: Normal, Sport and Race.  According to the mode, R.S. Drive alters the mapping of the gearbox, ESC behaviour, steering and the sensitivity of the accelerator pedal. Multifaceted and versatile.

The engine delivers 162 kW at 6,050rpm and torque of 280 Nm is reached from just 2,000 revs. This engine benefits from ground-breaking technology modelled on the DLC (Diamond-like carbon) derived from Formula 1. Its engine verve is complemented by tightly controlled fuel consumption 5.9L per 100 km. The sporty turbo engine is accentuated by the exclusive coupling with the EDC 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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SMART TECHNOLOGY COMES STANDARD

When it comes to passion, the New Clio R.S 18 is unbeatable.

Aside from the breath-taking design, sporty features and exclusive equipment devoted to racing, the functional interior is packed with additional innovative technology, synonymous with much of the Renault model range –

  • Onboard navigation on offer via the 7″ touchscreen, with a range of other easy-to-use one touch functionalities – Multimedia, radio and telephone systems with Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Cruise Control-speed limiter, whereby regulated cruising or maximum speed can be selected, with steering wheel mounted controls to allow for speed adjustment.
  • Rain sensors, automatically regulating the frequency of your windscreen wipers according to how heavily it is raining, and light sensors, enabling the headlights when the sensors detect a certain level of darkness.
  • The Renault Hands-free Card Key for convenient remote entry, and in support of the easy Stop/ Start functionality.

The Clio R.S. 18 F1 Model is in a league of its own, proudly bridging the gap between F1 technology and road-going performance cars.

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WARRANTY + SERVICE PLAN

As with Renault’s entire range, the Clio models come standard with a five-year or 150 000 km mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. The Clio range also offers a standard three-year or 45 000 km service plan with the R.S. being three-year or 30 000 km. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km, with R.S. models at 10 000 km.

RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICING

CLIO Range-

  • New Clio 66kW Turbo Authentique 5dr            R211 900
  • New Clio 66kW Turbo Expression 5dr              R229 900
  • New Clio 66kW Turbo Dynamique 5dr             R246 900
  • New Clio 88kW Turbo EDC Expression 5dr       R269 900
  • New Clio 88kW Turbo GT-Line 5dr                   R269 900
  • New Clio R.S. 18 F1 (Incl. Metallic Paint)        R449 900

OPTIONS

  • 7″ Touchscreen Navigation (MediaNAV) & leather steering wheel Authentique   R10 000
  • Fixed glass roof          Dynamique                      R  8 000
  • Metallic paint              Range                             R  2 500