The Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy has managed to set a new record for a B-segment vehicle around the famous Nurburgring.
Honda Civic Type R is currently holding the fastest lap record for a FWD car on the German track but the Clio RS 220 Trophy is now the fastest small hot hatch (B segment) on the circuit, according to the French company. The pocket-rocket has managed to lap the ‘Ring in 8:32 minutes – some 36 seconds faster than the standard Clio RS 200 EDC.
The test run was performed by Sport Auto’s editor Christian Gebhardt, who also lapped the Nurburgring with several other B-segment hot hatches. The MINI JCW registered 8:35 minutes, while the third place went to the new Opel Corsa OPC with 8:40. Audi S1 came last with a time of 8:41 minutes.
The Clio RS 220 Trophy was revealed in March this year during the Geneva Motor Show, featuring a 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine. This one has 220 hp (162 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, while a torque boost function provides temporary peak torque of 207 lb-ft (280 Nm). The vehicle also has a retuned EDC automatic gearbox that provides up to 40 percent quicker gear shifts in Normal mode and as much as 50 percent in Race mode.
Source: Renault via Sport Auto and Autoweek.nl