• Jun 22, 2006
With the new Clio RenaultSport set to take Europe by storm, the French automaker is working overtime to associate the new hot hatch with its enormously successful Formula One program. The 197-horsepower Clio is a car that should give the VW GTI fits, with comparable performance and styling that is equally eye-catching. Most remarkably, the F1 associations are not totally outlandish, as the Clio RS uses aerodymamics inspired by Renault's world-beating race program, including a completely functional rear diffuser and extractor vents in the front fenders.

The Clio RenaultSport goes on sale this Friday and starts at 23,000 Euros. If you're on the continent, you can satisfy your inner Fernando to the tune of 100hp/liter.

North Americans, as usual, get to sit back and be jealous. Sigh.

(Many, many more pictures after the jump)

[Source: Renault] Clio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSportClio 197 RenaultSport


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Click below to see what this car can really do on a track with a Rally Driver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc-v1kvu5zE

      This car really drives hard! Golf GTI can cry home. This Clio has the same bhp rating as the golf GTI with a similar displacement AND WITHOUT a Turbo. Renault you are awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL... Wow, it has extractors and a diffuser tray! And nearly as much power as a minivan! Incredible!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Imagine how slowly the F1 car was going and how nervous that had the technical staff. When the safety car is lapping the circuit, the driver is going balls-out so that the F1 cars don't overheat.