Renault unveils special edition Renaultsport Clio 220 Trophy

Renault has revealed a new special edition version of the Renaultsport Clio at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Renaultsport Clio 220 Trophy.

Following on from previous Trophy-badged models like the current Megane 275 Trophy, the new Clio 220 Trophy EDC has been finely engineered for optimal driving characteristics.

Renault claims that it has sharper handling, better dynamics and increased performance over previous Renaultsport Clio Trophy models, plus more exclusivity and unique styling.

“More potent in every way”

Based on the existing models, the new Clio 220 Trophy features a distinctive and exclusive matt white body colour, with a contrasting gloss black roof and rear spoiler, though buyers can also specify other colours.

Sitting on 18-inch ‘Radical’ wheels with black inserts and a diamond-effect design, the 220 Trophy also features exclusive badging on its front and door mouldings, while door sills are individually numbered.

It also comes with an embossed leather steering wheel, plus Renault’s Trophy interior pack, which includes heated leather sports seats, plus carbon-look air vents, door handles and gear levers.

Buyers can also specify an optional on-board telemetry system, which supports a range of features including a setting which allows the driver to select five different levels of throttle sensitivity.

More potent in every way according to Renault, the Renaultsport Clio 220 Trophy features a remapped engine, boosting power by 10 per cent to 217bhp with 260Nm of torque.

It also inherits the R.S. Drive system, which allows drivers to choose between three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Race – while it also comes with Launch Control for optimal acceleration.

Powerful but still efficient

Despite its power boost, the Clio 220 Trophy has also been fitted with a new catalytic converter to meet Euro6 emissions standards, with a CO2 output of 138g/km, dropping it a tax band compared to its siblings.

As well as that, Renault’s engineers have also worked hard to improve even the smallest details, like reducing the travel on the steering-mounted gear shifts for gear changes that are 30 per cent quicker.

Lowered by 20mm at the front and 10mm at the rear, it also features firmer shock absorbers with revised springs which are then coupled to the motorsport-derived suspension.

Finally, the steering has also been revised to make it more precise and direct, while the Clio 220 Trophy is fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres as standard for the ultimate performance ride.

Prices and full specifications have yet to be announced for the special edition Renaultsport Clio 220 Trophy, but Renault says that it’s due to go on sale from June this year.