The Clio R.S.18 won’t be coming to the UK, but it does feature an F1-inspired livery to celebrate Renault’s 40 years in the sport.
Renault has released a limited edition Formula One-inspired Clio R.S.18 for the European market. There are no plans to sell it in the UK at this stage, however.
The R.S.18 is based on the current Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy, which is available in the UK for £22,995. It features the same 217bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that takes the Clio hot hatch from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 146mph. As in the standard car, there’s a torque boost feature helping the car reach a peak torque figure of 280Nm but the exhaust note has been enhanced on the R.S.18 thanks to an exhaust system from specialists Akrapovic. The chassis has the lowered and stiffened set-up from the Clio R.S. Trophy, with the same sharper steering and front dampers with hydraulic compression stops.
R.S.18 was created by Renault to celebrate the French manufacturer’s 40-year involvement in Formula One last year. The body is painted in black with yellow outlines around the front grille and sideskirts, along with another dollop of yellow on the wheels.
On the roof, you find a silver double-diamond decal next to a big R.S. badge. The colour scheme is an inverted take on Renault’s current Formula One livery, which is painted in a yellow base with black outlines.
A combination of Alcantara and leather has been upholstered inside amid carbon fibre air vents and R.S. branding on the doorsills and steering wheel. Renault hasn’t stated exactly how many will be built, only saying that the Clio R.S.18 will be built in limited numbers for the European market and go on sale in the first half of 2018.