Dave Conole road tests and reviews the Renault Clio R.S. Cup.
The 2015 Renault Clio range offers a substantial array of different model grades, all up you get a selection of ten different variants to choose from.
One of the sporty versions is the Clio R.S. Cup and prices here start from $31,990. Only available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, under the bonnet is a 147kW/240Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine.
On the road, first of all make sure you miss those potholes and try to swerve around speed bumps – the Clio R.S. Cup offers just 118mm of ground clearance and features low profile 40 Series tyres on standard 18” alloys.
Match this with rock hard sports-tuned suspension and you get the picture that this is a vehicle more at home on a silky smooth race track, rather than your average Australian street!
Still, we are talking a performance model here and fortunately the little Clio offers amazing grip, tremendous handling and plenty of go to match the sporty feel and look.
The engine and transmission could be accused of failing to communicate at low speeds, but get the revs up, especially in sport mode, and you will have a smile on your face. Renault has also included launch control in the Clio R.S. Cup, so lightning quick off the mark acceleration is a given.
Official figures show the Clio will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.7 seconds. Razor sharp steering and a pleasing, aggressive note from the dual-exhaust complete the sporty feel.
Expect to use about 8.0L/100km if driving around town, the official combined fuel use is rated at 6.3L/100km. Note also, the Clio R.S. Cup needs to be fed more expensive 98 octane unleaded.
The interior of the 2015 Renault Clio R.S. Cup is a mix of hard plastics, red stitching on the steering wheel and paddle shifts. The seats, not surprisingly, are snug and offer plenty of support and hold in the bends.
All controls are simple and well-placed, same goes for the gauges. Perhaps my only real complaint is the lack of a centre console, this means you lose storage space and there’s no elbow support for driver and passenger.
Standard features inside the cabin include tilt and reach steering adjustment, sat-nav and auto headlights and wipers. Rear parking sensors are a $300 option and climate control air-conditioning will set you back $500.
The 2015 Renault Clio range, including the R.S. Cup, boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; there’s no doubting this offering from Renault is hard edged and that means some compromises in regards to personal comfort need to be made. Perhaps a little too much for some, the Renault Clio R.S. Cup is a whole lot of fun for not a lot of money.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Renault Clio R.S. Cup
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 147kW and 240Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Price: from $31,990
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.