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Renault Clio 220 Trophy prices and specifications announced

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Renault has a long history of creating small, potent hatchbacks and the French company launched the latest Clio Renaultsport 200 back in 2013. Now, however, the company has unveiled a more powerful, more driver-focused version of this sporty machine – the Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy.

The standard car may not be lacking in the power or handling department, but Renault has seen fit to give this new model an extra 20bhp – taking the total to 217bhp – along with a series of chassis tweaks including stiffer, lower suspension to make it even more adept around corners. Renault has also updated the standard-fit automatic gearbox to make it smoother and more responsive.

Making its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from June 25 to 28 the new Clio range-topper sprints from a standstill to 62mph in a rapid 6.6 seconds – a slight improvement on the standard car’s figure of 6.7 seconds – while the top speed rises from 143mph to 146mph.

Aimed at drivers who occasionally venture on track, the Trophy receives more direct steering than the standard car too, along with sticky sports tyres for added grip. On the inside the Trophy features an embossed leather steering wheel and carbon-effect trim and satin chrome air vents to differentiate it from the Renaultsport 200, along with a seven-inch touchscreen media system with voice control and sat nav, plus a digital radio and powerful speakers.

Bluetooth phone connectivity and music streaming, a rear parking camera with sensors, climate control, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and electric folding wing mirrors are also standard. Meanwhile, heated sports seats are available for £1,600 and an onboard telemetry system can be added for £295.

Renault has also improved official economy and emissions figures, with the Trophy returning 47.9mpg and emitting 135g/km of CO2 – warranting annual car tax of £130. The 220 Trophy is now available to order from Renault, with prices starting at £21,780 - £2,650 more than the entry-level Renaultsport 200. The first cars will be delivered to customers in August.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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