The Renault Clio Renault Sport
or Clio RS
is a hot hatch
produced since 1999 by Renault Sport
, the high-performance division of French
. It is based on the Clio supermini
The engine has remained the same since the first Clio RS, a 2.0-litre straight-4 petrol engine
, with an FF layout
and a three-door hatchback
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Clio II RS (172)
The first Clio RS followed as the third Clio from Renaultsport division after the Clio 16V
and Clio Williams
. Renault presented the Clio RS in 1999. They used the body of the original Clio II from 1998 and added sportive features such as wider arches, different bumpers, side skirts and 15 inch OZ alloy wheels. it was powered by the F4R730 engine, a 2.0 litre 16valve with a VVT system via a dephaser on the intake camshaft pulley. The engine was not an evolution of the Williams one, called F7R. Instead, it was a new engine used in other Renault models, like the Laguna or the Espace, but optimized by mecachrome, with an output of .
A limited edition model called the Clio 172 Exclusive was produced and was limited to 172 units. All models were green, had BBS alloy wheels and featured a full leather interior as opposed to half leather and alcantara.
The interior and exterior of the Clio II were facelifted in 2001, and the Clio RS followed shortly after. Engine wise, the accelerator throttle was changed for an electronic one, minor design revisions were made to the... Read More