FRENCH car maker Renault has marked the start of the Formula 1 season with the Australian launch of the new limited-edition Renault Clio R.S.18, named after Renault Sport Formula One Team’s 2018 challenger.
The road car proudly echoes the black-and-yellow livery of Renault’s most iconic F1 cars and is squarely aimed at motorsport enthusiasts and serious collectors, with just ten to be made available locally.
Derived from the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy – the most potent car of the Clio R.S. range – the newcomer follows in the wheel tracks of a number of other limited-edition Clio R.S. models that have paid tribute to Renault’s successes in Formula 1 over the years.
The R.S.18 badging on the front doors, plus the grey decals and new R.S. double-diamond logo on the roof are a direct reference to the Renault Sport Formula One Team and the single-seater it will race in 2018.
Meanwhile, hints of Renault Sport’s iconic Liquid Yellow for the F1-style front blade, protective side mouldings and wheel centre caps produce a striking contrast with the Deep Black body colour.
The rear badging, front bumper, Renault diamond and R.S. logo on the bumper are entirely black, a touch that is exclusive to this car. The diffuser’s Deep Black finish adds to the car’s forceful stance.
On the inside, the premium feel of this limited-edition version is evident from the outset. The R.S.-branded door sill is numbered, while the Alcantara/leather-trimmed steering wheel and carbon fibre-effect air vent surrounds contribute to the cabin’s sporty feel.
Needless to say, the Renault Clio R.S.18 has inherited the Renault Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy’s punch thanks to its 220-horsepower engine, which features a torque boost function for peak torque of 280Nm.
The Trophy chassis has been lowered and stiffened, its front dampers incorporate hydraulic compression stops, and its steering is even sharper and more direct. It’s also equipped with an Akrapovic exhaust.
The very first Clio R.S.18 off the production line will make its debut at the 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, and hits the road at $39,990 plus on-roads.