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New Renault Clio R.S. EDC on sale in Australia from $28,790

October 11, 2013

The new Renault Clio R.S. 200 EDC will launch in Australia in December, promising a new level of performance with the introduction of a dual-clutch transmission.

2014 Renault Clio RS EDC

Based on the new Clio, the R.S. is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 147kW and 240Nm. Although the power output remains unchanged from the current model, the company says the engine is new and comes with 25Nm more torque.

Like the current model, the R.S., or Renault Sport version is fitted with various performance features such as sports suspension and brakes, and showcases a sporty bodykit and a suitably dressed interior with bucket seats.

2014 Renault Clio RS EDC-rear

Renault Australia will also be introducing the Sport and Cup chassis for the first time since 2010, allowing buyers to select between two different degrees of seriousness in terms of handling. Justin Hocevar, managing director at Renault Australia, recently said,

“The previous Clio R.S. 200 was broadly recognised as the icon in hot hatches, like its predecessors, with class leading chassis dynamics and an uncanny ability to balance power to weight.

“I’m excited to see that like all great icons, to remain as a contemporary, the new Clio R.S. 200 EDC has been reinvented to now marry in perfect harmony those icon dynamics with new levels of technical innovation.  Delivering HUGE bang for buck and shaking up the competition.”

Specific prices and options will be announced closer to its launch. The base model with the Sport chassis will kick off from $28,790 (excluding on-road costs). This price point puts it in direct competition with cars like the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Toyota 86. It’s also around $5000 less than the current model.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.