The Re­nault Tro­phy

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

Fit­ted with high-per­for­mance Miche­lin Pi­lot Su­per Sport tyres on 18” al­loy rims, a sporty chas­sis with RS sus­pen­sion set­tings, 320 mm ven­ti­lated disc brakes, and an ex­haust sys­tem from Akrapovič, the new Clio RS 220 Tro­phy from Re­nault is as close as you will get to a street racer. The low rid­ing hatch­back also looks the part with its ag­gres­sive front, RS logo-styled LED lights, rear dif­fuser, and prom­i­nent ex­haust tips. Echo­ing its sporty de­sign style, the tur­bocharged 1.6-litre en­gine has a one-track mind as it de­liv­ers 162 kw power at 6,050 r/min, along with the sonorous sound from the Akrapovič ex­haust sys­tem. With an ex­cel­lent power to weight ra­tio, 280 Nm torque is enough to ac­cel­er­ate this pur­pose-built racer from 0-100 km/h in 6.6 sec­onds, and to reach a top speed of 235 km/h. The 6-speed EDC dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is quick, as well as sharp, and the en­gine re­sponds gain­fully to every gear. Every bit a driver’s car, the Clio RS 220 Tro­phy fea­tures a user-friendly dash­board lay­out, 7-inch touch­screen, ex­cel­lent connectivity, cruise con­trol, as well as rain sen­sors and light sen­sors, all of which make for a su­perb driver-car in­ter­face. Sporty, ag­ile, and play­ful, the Clio RS 220 Tro­phy in­vites you to come and play. Price: R419,900

Im­ages © Ryan Ab­bott

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