Renault has revealed an updated version of its Renault Sandero RS, a warm hatch developed exclusively for South America.
As with the 2015 version, the facelifted model has been designed and developed in France by Renault Sport, with input from the Latin American design and engineering teams.
It boasts a number of mechanical updates over the standard Sandero hatchback (including to the engine, gearbox, suspension and braking system) and some aesthetic changes, too.
Under the bonnet, you’ll find the same naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine as used by the 2015 model, sending 107 kW and 201 N.m (or a smidgen more when using ethanol) to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox with short ratios.
The result is a zero to 100 km/h sprint in a claimed 8,0 seconds and a top speed of 202 km/h. Three driving modes are offered, with the most extreme disengaging the electronic nannies.
The facelifted Sandero RS features new 17-inch alloys finished in black, red brake callipers, LED taillamps, twin-pipes, "Renault Sport" decals and a subtle body kit. Inside, you’ll find black headlining, special seats and a carbon-fibre-effect fabric on the armrests.
Of course, there are no plans to offer the Sandero RS in South Africa … which is a pity since it’d make an interesting rival to the new Suzuki Swift Sport.
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