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Pocket rocket blasts off.

Byline: Mike Torpey Motoring Writer

RENAULT'S new pocket rocket the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo will cost from a tempting PS18,995 when it hits the streets in June.

That pricing pitches the fiery Clio, available in two versions, at PS100 more than the three-door Peugeot 208 GTi manual and PS1,055 less than the lower-powered, DSG-equipped fivedoor Volkswagen Polo GTI.

The standard version costs PS18,995 and the top spec Lux model an extra PS1,000.

Beneath its five-door bodyshell, the car packs the new Renaultsportdeveloped 200bhp, 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, as well as its performance arm's first Efficient Dual Clutch transmission.

It means all six gears can be selected via aluminium paddle shifters on the steering column and includes the first sub-supercar multi-changedown function.

Faster than ever - it can hit 62mph in 6.7 seconds - the newcomer weighs 1,204kg, which is 36 kilos lighter than the previous Clio Renaultsport 200.

Renault says that to ensure it remains the ultimate 'hot' supermini, the brand has introduced a raft of technical upgrades like hydraulic compression stops in the shock absorbers - usually the preserve of rally cars.

There's also new steering calibration, increased anti-roll bar stiffness, bigger brakes and R.S. Drive with three driving modes - Normal, Sport and the entirely manual Race setting.

Launch Control, with fully disconnectable ESC and traction control, is also part of the package.

The optional Cup chassis gives a 3mm lowered ride height, 15% more stiffness and a quicker steering rack, along with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres shod with black 18-inch Renaultsport wheels with red brake calipers Despite all the dynamic changes Renault has still slashed fuel economy and emissions by almost a quarter, the combined fuel figure up 10.3mpg to 44.8mpg with emissions down to 144g/km from 190.

Equipment includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity, R-Link multimedia system with 7-inch touchscreen, keyless start and entry, R-Link integrated tablet with navigation and Renaultsport front seats.

A special sound pipe sends the engine's sound waves directly into the cabin for a heightened driving experience and there are red touches for seatbelts, instrument needles, air vent surrounds, gearlever knob and gaiter.

Five body colours, including Flame Red and the exclusive Liquid Yellow, are available.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 22, 2013
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