2018 - Renault CLIO R.S. 18

Renault Australia marked the start of the 2018 Formula 1 season in Melbourne with the introduction of a hot new limited-edition Renault Clio R.S.18. Indeed, the very first Clio R.S. 18 off the production line made its debut there.

Based on the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy – the most powerful car of the Clio R.S. range the limited edition is finished in Liquid Yellow, with side mouldings, wheel centre caps front bumper, Renault diamond and R.S. logo on the bumper are entirely black – something that’s exclusive to this car. The diffuser’s Deep Black finish adds to the visuals.

The Trophy chassis has been further lowered and stiffened, the front dampers incorporate hydraulic compression stops and its steering is sharper and more direct.

2018 - Renault CLIO R.S. 18

Inside, the R.S.-branded door sill is individually numbered. The Alcantara / leather-trimmed steering wheel and carbon fibre-effect air vent surrounds add to the sporty look.

Renault Clio R.S.18 has the Renault Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy 220-horsepower (164 kW) engine, with peak torque of 280Nm.

The Renault Clio R.S. 18 is equipped as standard with an Akrapovic exhaust that Renault Australia tells us has an excellent note, something on which we will comment as soon as we can – hopefully – get our backside into one. Only 10 are coming Downunder so keep your fingers crossed for us.

2018 - Renault CLIO R.S. 18

The extra hot Clio R.S. 18 has a recommended retail price of $39,990.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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