Australian T3 - - TECH LIFE -

1/ Gear up

If there’s a sin­gle fea­ture that sums up the lat­est Clio, it’s the dual-clutch robo gear­box. Com­plete with race car-style pad­dles, it’s the heart of the ma­chine and ca­pa­ble of slam­ming in 150 mil­lisec­ond shifts for se­ri­ously speedy,

race-style ac­cel­er­a­tion at the lights.

2/ An­droid on board

Re­nault’s An­droid-pow­ered R-Link multimedia kit has its own app store, com­plete with in-car op­ti­mised of­fer­ings. It’s cur­rently a lit­tle clunky to op­er­ate, but as with smart­phones and tablets,

up­dates should smooth that out soon.

3/ Start the race

Give the RS but­ton be­low the gear se­lec­tor a prod to se­lect Race mode. Not only will that en­able those 150 mil­lisec­ond shifts, it will also grant you full man­ual gear­box con­trol with no over­rides. The throt­tle re­sponse will change

from sharp to pos­i­tively homi­ci­dal.

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