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by Michael Hines
These special editions and tune jobs show the sexier and stronger side of Renault's hot hatch.
The Renault Clio RS is one hot hatch may American enthusiasts wish would come across the pond. That being said, it appears as if the powers that be at Renault are perfectly happy keeping the Clio RS a European exclusive. Life definitely isn't fair, especially after you see all of the tuned and custom Clio RS featured here. These tune jobs and limited editions are bound to add fuel to the desire fire that is America's longing for the Clio RS.
Cam Shaft gave the Clio RS a Ken Block-themed makeover, covering the hot hatch in a graphite paint job complete with splashes of green paint. An ECU reflash takes the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine from 198hp and 159 lb-ft of torque to 225hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A K&N sports air filter, a Supersprint exhaust system and rear muffler from Mantova were also added. An H&R coilover suspension, brakes lifted from a Renault Megane and a roll cage round out the package.
The Renault Clio RS received some special attention from German tuners MR Car Design. The company beefed up the Clio RS, modifying its engine to produce 220hp. Additional additions include a KW Variant 3-coilover suspension system, a new rear diffuser complete with integrated dual exhaust and 18-inch wheels.
The Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is a more powerful version of the French car company's hot hatch that was first shown off at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The hotter hatch sports a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo engine spitting out 200hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Two chassis are available, Sport and Cup, with Cup designed specifically for those who like to hit the track.
Renault was obviously looking to freak people out when it created the Clio Angels and Demons edition. The special edition was limited to just 666 units, with Renault leaving the engine untouched in favor of upgrading the exterior. Said exterior mods include a choice of three different paint jobs, Toro Red, Hologramme Grey and Givre Nacre, 18-inch Interlago wheels-complete with red Brembo Brake calipers-and tinted windows.