An official photo with the Renault Clio RS Monaco GP has hit the web, prior to the vehicle's official debut in early March at the 84th Geneva Motor Show.
While many were expecting the hot Gordini version, it turns out Renault's special Clio RS for the Swiss auto show is simply a Monaco GP edition bringing a few modest cosmetic tweaks. The vehicle is wearing an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint job with contrasting glossy touches on the front grille, mirror casings, window surrounds and on the lower section of the front bumper. There's also a fresh set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys rounding off the exterior changes.
Pics of the cabin are not available at this point but the car will come with a white trim on the dashboard and door panels, along with the firm's RS Monitor which allows the driver to record lap times as well as other similar performance data.
Renault's engineers haven't fiddled with the engine so the Clio RS Monaco GP comes with the same turbocharged 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter gasoline motor outputting 200 HP (147 kW) and 234 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque. Output is sent to the front axle through a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission which enables the hot hatchback to do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds before topping out at 143 mph (230 km/h).
The special edition Clio RS is slated to go on sale shortly after its Geneva arrival.