The Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy – A Car For Winners Or Runners Up?
When you first clap eyes on the Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy, you’ll be left in no doubt that this supermini is a little different from all the others. And, on closer inspection, you could be forgiven for asking yourself the question – is this really a Clio?
The RS 220 looks exactly like what you would expect from a modern, domestic, rally sport car. It’s a 5 door hatchback, but with quite a few sporty design bonuses built in. But that’s not all, it has an air of sophistication about it and this sporty sophistication completely dismisses any criticism relating to its diminutive stature.
So what lies beneath this chilled exterior? Well, there’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine for starters and for a car of its size that means you’ll reach 0-60mph in around 6 seconds – not bad! Renault have stiffened the suspension and along with the standard 18in Radical Diamond alloy wheels, proudly boasting Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, make the handling of this car extremely good and a lot of fun. The fun is magnified when you swap ‘auto mode’ for the RS race setting, doing so takes driving the car a whole new to a whole new motoring dimension.
The RS 220 also has a new EDC automatic gearbox and while an automatic transmission is hardly typical of a rally sport car, what it does mean is that shift times are 40% faster. This, to a great extent makes up for the lack of a manual gearbox option and is has widely been regarded as one of the car’s best technical features.
Inside the RS 220 Trophy you’ll find a stylish interior, with sporty splashes throughout. There’s a leather bound steering wheel and leather sports seats with integrated head rests, both finished with red stitching. There’s a nifty entertainment system, a sat nav and sunroof comes as standard.
The new Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy is scheduled to hit UK dealerships in the summer and is rumoured to have a starting price of around £21,000. If you feel that’s a little steep, then it won’t be long before the RS 220 reaches the main players in the UK used cars market and there you may well get your hands on one at a more digestible price.
One thing’s for sure, if you’re looking to purchase a sporty supermini, the new Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy should definitely be in your starting lineup.