Pocket rocket lovers who happen to live in Belgium, France, Spain, or Switzerland,rejoice! According to Brazilian enthusiast site webmotors.com.br, Renault is using to good effect its Formula 1 presence and is launching the Renault Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 in the aforementioned markets. Wow! What a mouthful for a compact car! And yes, you read right, Clio and Red Bull in the same name!
This very black Clio with some very yellow accent pieces is proudly equipped with a 2.0 engine, sporting a healthy herd of 203 ponies. This limited production Clio boasts 18’ wheels, race flag checkered roof sticker, digital AC, automatic headlights, hands-free card key, very yellow Recaro sport seats, along with other racy bits and pieces.
Jean-Maxime Boulanger, product manager of Renault Clio Sport, puts a very heavy spin on this launch by declaring (and I loosely translate):
“The Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 is similar to a race car with its radical look, including the most recent equipment developed by the pros at Renault Sport Technologies. Fast and furious, the limited series Renault Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 has as its main attraction its impacting design. It pays homage to the relationship between Renault Sport Technologies and Renault Sport F1, in partnership with the Red Bull Racing team.”
OK. Spin aside, what’s not to like? 200 hp in a small, relatively lightweight, agile car. Somehow I just know that Renault with its very heavy emphasis on Dacia cars for emerging markets will not release this baby monster in Brazil. But for those of you in those selected markets, you will get a chance to live out your Formula 1 fantasies in a compact car!
Red light racers, be prepared. You may just be surprised by a little black blob.