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Clio RS 197
Rs197
Renault
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20,000 CR
Model year: 2007
Performance Index: C 393
Drive Type: FWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
4.4
HANDLING
5.0
ACCELERATION
6.2
LAUNCH
6.6
BRAKING
5.0
Advanced Performance
Power: 197 HP (146 kW)
Torque: 158 lb ft (214 N·m)
Weight: 2778 lbs (1260 Kg)
Front: 64%
Displ: 2.0 L
Power/weight: 156 HP per ton

116 kW per ton

While it’s a bit of a stretch to directly compare a screaming F1 car with a hot hatch like the little Clio, Renault tries hard to inject a bit of the excitement of their F1 program into the RS 197. Take the rear diffuser—it’s unlikely that the Clio will need its downforce, but it definitely looks exciting. The RS 197 has several aero tweaks like this, and suffice it to say that their main impact is visual—they do look great. While actual on-track performance can’t quite compare to an open-wheeler, the near 200-horsepower naturally aspirated 2-liter engine under the hood is responsive and downright fun in such a small car. It may sound clichéd, but the Clio’s performance can only be compared to a go-kart, with sharp and nimble handling and few bad habits. Chuck the RS 197 hard into a corner and instead of drama, the Renault hunkers down and powers through. Renault’s many years of experience hotting-up Clios, from the legendary Clio Williams to the various RS models that followed, show through in this ultimate version of the third-generation car.

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