New Renault Clio Cup is Itching to Race

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Naturally-aspirated makes way for forced induction as Renault breaks 20-year tradition for 2014 season.

After seven years on the market Renault has replaced the Clio Cup with an all-new model based on the Clio R.S. 200 EDC. Power comes from a Cosworth-tuned 1.6-liter turbo-four, which sends 220 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a Sadev six-speed sequential box that boasts 100-millisecond gear changes. The new Clio Cup comes in lower than its predecessor with a longer wheelbase, sporting the 200 EDC’s F1-style front blade, rear diffuser, front and rear spoilers as well as bumpers, LED lights and twin-exhaust pipes.

These combine to increase downforce and cornering stability. Chassis upgrades include 17-inch Speedline Corse wheels, ZF Race Engineering suspension, AP Racing front discs with Brembo calipers, while inside can be found a Sabelt bucket seat, six-point harness, digital dash, multi-function steering wheel and welded roll cage. Priced at 39,900 Euros, the new Clio Cup will go on sale in September.

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