Renault has launched its new limited-edition Clio RS 18 derivative in South Africa, positioning the newcomer at the very summit of its local Clio range.

Priced at R449 900, the Clio RS 18 commands an R11 000 premium over the Clio RS 220 Trophy on which it is based.

The local arm of the French automaker says 65 examples of the special-edition model have been set aside for South Africa, although the firm says it will attempt to secure more units if demand is high enough.

The new model is named after the French automaker’s 2018 Formula One challenger, echoing the black-and-yellow livery of Renault’s F1 car. It is the latest in a long line of limited-edition Clio RS models (the brand calls it a "future collector’s item") that have paid tribute to Renault’s participation in F1.

Like the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC, the Clio RS 18 employs a 1,6-litre turbopetrol engine sending 162 kW and 260 N.m (or 280 N.m on overboost) to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The newcomer gains “RS 18” badging on the front doors, along with grey decals and a double-diamond logo on the roof. The front blade, side mouldings and wheel centre caps are finished in the brand’s trademark Sirius Yellow hue, contrasting with the Deep Black body colour. The rear badging, front bumper and RS logo are also finished in black, as is the diffuser.

Inside, you’ll find numbering on the RS-branded door sill, along with Alcantara and leather trim for the steering wheel and carbon fibre-effect trim for the air vent surrounds. An Akrapovič exhaust comes standard.
Renault Clio RS 18