The new Sandero RS is an attempt by Renault to create a car that harks back to the days of simple and affordable hot hatches.
The Sandero RS will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine that delivers 108 kW to the front wheels with a close ratio six-speed manual transmission. As a result, the RS will achieve a 0-100 km/h time of 8,0 seconds flat and eventually reach a top speed of 202 km/h.
The Sandero RS is also more aggressive in design than the standard model. With 17-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, a rear diffuser and spoiler (which apparently improves the downforce that a high-spec Sandero desperately needs). The Sandero RS also has the signature Renaultsport front bumper design with the silver strip running through air intakes and LED lights.
In order to give the Sandero RS a more dynamic experience, the suspension has been retuned and rear disc brakes have been provided giving it a stopping distance from 100 km/h of 37,4 metres. This Sandero also has an RS button that allows you to select a variation of driving modes consisting of sport and sport plus to give it more of a track-tailored personality.
The Sandero RS is currently available only to the South American market but should it prove to be a successful product, Renault will consider an international release at a price ranging around the R200 000 region.