Just launched: Renault Clio RS200 EDC – RM168,270 excluding insurancePOSTED BY Mick Chan ON 25 March 2014
Hot hatch fans in Malaysia rejoice, for there is now another entrant in the realm of compact performance cars.
Just launched today at the Sepang International Circuit, TC Euro Cars officially launched the Clio RS200 EDC – that last mouthful of alphabet soup stands for Efficient Dual Clutch.
As the name suggests, the RS200 EDC’s powertrain is a departure from that of the outgoing Clio RS, which was powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine sending its output to a manual gearbox.
Headline figures are as such: 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, the standing kilometre sprint is done in 27.1 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 230km/h, courtesy of a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 200hp at 6,000rpm and 240Nm from 1,750rpm. CO2 emissions are 144g/km, while fuel consumption is rated at 6.3 litres per 100km, according to Renault.
Output is transmitted to the front wheels through an electronically controlled differential, which Renault says improves the Clio’s performance and cornering grip. Suspension duties are handled by Macpherson struts in front, and a torsion beam at the rear. Renault says the rear anti-roll bar is 10 per cent stiffer than on the outgoing Clio RS.
An R.S. Drive button which offers three modes – Normal, Sport and Race. This changes the intensity of the drive experience by altering parameters such as gear shift programming, steering weight, stability systems assistance, pedal feel and engine sound.
The car’s adjustable nature means that it can be “as docile as a kitten, or turn into a wildcat,” said Reza Mutalib, general manager of TC Euro Cars.
Adding to the aural experience is an air intake membrane that amplifies intake noise mechanically, which is then transmitted to the cabin by a pipe.
Inside, the interior sports a new, full-colour R.S. Monitor 2.0 onboard telemetry system which provides information such as engine data, performance data, a g-force diagram, and GPS data logging.
Much like the Nissan GT-R, information from the RS200’s data logger can be downloaded after a driving session for later reading on a computer; an hour’s driving can be stored in a 3 megabyte file, the company says.
This information can also then be uploaded for sharing on the Renault Sport users’ community.
TC Euro Cars says that the RS200 EDC achieved a lap time at Sepang International Circuit’s full course just five seconds slower than its big brother, the Megane RS250.
Already receiving expressions of interest, a handful of bookings have been received for the RS200 EDC, adds TC Euro Cars.