The most radical of the current Clio in production just to beat a record by achieving turn around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 8:23, not less than 36 seconds faster than the time achieved by the RS 200 EDC.
Horst von Saurma had already managed to turn the Clio RS 200 EDC normal in a time of 08:59 some years ago. With 20 horse power extra, the new Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy managed to lower that time in 36 seconds, but it is clear that the power is not the only improvement of the version Trophy.
This time the fastest lap was achieved by Christian Gebhardt, who is an editor of the German magazine Auto motor und sport. Gebhardt believes that the limited-slip differential, the new adjustment of the suspension and chassis enhancements were responsible for the improvement in the times, beyond the 20 HP extra. The same publication tested other products in the segment, such as the MINI John Cooper Works, achieving a time of 8:35, the new Opel Corsa OPC with a time of 08:40 and the Audi S1, achieving a time of 08:41.
With his new lap record, the Clio RS 220 Trophy showed that renault produces the B-segment car-oriented circuits, the faster the market today. In addition it is somewhat faster than a lot of cars that already have some years on their backs, among which are the Aston Martin DB7 GT, Audi RS4, BMW X6 M and up Mitsubishi Evo 6.
When the new Clio RS finally abandoned the manual transmission in favor of a gearbox dual-clutch, many thought the sporting spirit was gone. However, despite its automatic gearbox, the Clio RS is more alive than ever.