Renault Clio RS Trophy is the New Hatch Champion at Nurburgring
Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy proved itself to be the fastest B-segment car with a new record at the well-known Nurburgring.
The previous champion was Honda Civic Type R with its FWD, but the Clio RS made the point that it is not only sexy-looking, but also has some incredible performance capabilities. The driving team tried and achieved its best with a time, 36 seconds faster than the standard Clio RD 200 EDC. The time was exactly 8:32 minutes and it was enough to mark the new champion.
The honorable run was especially performed by Sport Auto's editor Christian Gebhardt who has tried out numerous different B-segment hatches on the track. Some of the honorable opponents are MINI JCW with time of 8:35 minutes, while the latest Opel Corsa OPC marked 8:42 and the Audi S1 managed to make it last with a slightly slower time of 8:41 minutes. Yes, the whole team surely had some fun out there.
So, what makes the Clio RS 220 Trophy so interesting? Unveiled in March this year at the Geneva Motor Show, this beauty comes with 1.6-liter turbo petrol power unit that delivers a total of 220 hp (162kW) and 192 lb-ft of power output. And what is interesting is that this sweetie offers a special torque boost which ensures a temporary boost for a total of 207 lb-ft (280Nm). This engine is mated to a EDC automatic transmission and when the Race mode is engaged the shift changes are with 40% faster.