Renault Clio RS Raider

Renault hot hatches are among the most celebrated on the European market, but that doesn't mean they don't have any room for improvement. Enter the latest special edition Clio Renaultsport 200.

Known as the Raider edition in the UK and the "Ange & Démon" in other European markets, the special edition packs the same 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine as the model on which it's based, but comes with some crucial enhancements. One of those is the matte finish – available in either grey or red (the first we've seen since the original Alfa 4C concept). The exterior treatment contrasts nicely with the gloss black finish on the roof, front and rear spoilers, diffuser, mirrors and up-sized 18" alloys from the previous Megane R26.R, coated in the same Bridgestone rubber as the Nürburgring-conquering Megane RS 265 Trophy.

The special Clio also packs the stiffer Cup chassis as standard, red Brembo calipers, leather-trimmed Recaro buckets and more. You can read more about it in the press releases after the jump, but interested customers had better act fast as only 50 examples will be on offer in the UK out of a total run of 666 devilish units.
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RENAULT LAUNCHES THE CLIO RENAULTSPORT 200 RAIDER

Renaultsport is launching Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider, a highly exclusive limited edition of the award-winning hot hatch. With a wealth of extra equipment over the standard Renaultsport version on which it is based, this limited run of 50 cars for UK customers offers exclusivity and style.

A first for Renault, and highly exclusive, even amongst the most expensive cars on the market today, Raider is finished in matt Renault i.d. paintwork. The choice of matt Stealth Grey or Diavolo Red is contrasted by a gloss black finish to the roof, rear spoiler, F1-style front blade, rear diffuser and door mirrors. This gloss black finish is also applied to the 18" 'Interlagos' alloy wheels, one inch larger diameter than the standard 200 wheels. These are fitted with Bridgestone RE 050A tyres, as used on the record-breaking Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy. Naturally, the acclaimed Cup chassis is standard featuring a lower ride height, stiffer springs and dampers, quicker steering ratio and red finish to the Brembo brake callipers. The exterior finish is rounded off by extra-tinted rear side and tailgate windows and a Raider badge.

A warm interior welcomes the driver. Leather upholstered Recaro seats are complimented by the zinc grey finish to the centre console and fascia inserts. Contrasting with this is a white rev counter. Bluetooth, USB connectivity, automatic climate control and Renaultsport carpet mats are also fitted. A numbered plate identifies the number in the 50 production run. Customers can order their Raider with a no cost choice of either Renaultsport Monitor – Renaultsport's on-board telemetry system – or Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation.

The Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider will be available to order from the end of October when further details and pricing will be announced.



Renault Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon": a devilish Clio with the face of an angel

Renault Sport is launching Renault Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon", a limited series of Clio R.S. with the celebrated Cup chassis and a wicked array of equipment. It also innovates with two matt body colours, a first for Renault.

• Unique features include matt paintwork, a black roof, black 18-inch alloy wheels, Bridgestone RE 050A tyres and leather-upholstered Recaro bucket seats.
• A fiendish 666 units will be sold worldwide, with orders opening on September 30 in France. Price in France: €27, 990.
• Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon" will be presented at the Lyon Motor Show (France) from October 7, 2011. The first vehicles will be in the showrooms for Halloween.

Jean-Maxime Boulanger, Product Manager for Clio Renault Sport, confesses: "The Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon" is a version of Renault Clio R.S. that exercises an instant attraction.
It has a contradictory personality, with its 'bad boy' looks, Cup chassis, 203 hp of performance, but with an array of carefully selected equipment. Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon" will give wings to our purist customers who will be bewitched by its tempting looks but reassured by its good manners and day-to-day competence."

Opting for original equipment
Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon" illustrates a series of "firsts" for Clio. Real matt paintwork with Matt Hologramme Grey will be joined later by Matt Toro Red. The more sober Givre Nacré is also available in the line-up. These colours complement the gloss black roof, upper tailgate, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, F1-style blade in the front bumper, the door handles and exterior door mirrors. The rear side and tailgate windows are dark-tinted. The gloss black 18" Interlagos wheels, as seen on the late Mégane R26.R., show the red Brembo brake callipers. The wheels display the R.S. badge in the centre and are shod with Bridgestone RE50A tyres. On Mégane R.S. Trophy, these tyres contributed to the record set by Renault Sport on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

An equally tempting interior
The warm interior ambience contrasts with the deliberately cold effect of the exterior. The driver is welcomed by the leather-upholstered Recaro bucket sites. The unique metal gear lever knob provides a good grip. Next to it, a numbered plate sits quietly under the hand brake. The cabin features a full range of comfort equipment including a hands free card, a Bluetooth® Plug & Music radio, automatic climate control, protective floor mats, and electrically-folding door mirrors. Customers buying Clio R.S. "Ange & Démon" can choose between the R.S. Monitor option – Renault Sport's onboard telemetry system– or the built-in navigation system Carminat TomTom Live® at no extra cost.
Last, an "Ange & Démon" logo on the left hand side of the rear quarter window pillar identifies this limited series, which will be released in 666 units worldwide.

THE CLIO R.S. HISTORY
Launched in second-half 2006, Clio R.S. is produced in Dieppe (FR) and now marketed on four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania. Developed by Renault Sport Technologies, Clio R.S. has always sought to set the standard in comparative tests of sports models. As part of this approach, the design of the car has been refined over time. Clio R.S. has gained many improvements, particularly with its 2009 restyling. Targeted special series such as the R.S. 20th Anniversary or emblematic Gordini R.S. have continuously renewed its momentum on all markets.
Depending on the market area, Clio R.S. Angel & Demon will take different names and feature slight variations in equipment. Called "Raider" in the UK, "Sport Auto Edition" in Germany or "Legend" in Spain, it will deliver the same thrills, responding to the expectations of highly demanding sports vehicle customers in around fifteen countries.