Renault Clio Renault F1 Team R27 2.0 (M) Review
Bow-wowing

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
6 Aug 2008
 

The original hot-hatch idea was an idea of simple genius – introduce big engine to a small car. Result? Fireworks, on the roads - just like Renault's latest hot-hatch...

Introduction

Hands up to all those who thinks “Renault Clio Renault F1 Team R27” is a mouthful to say, and a handful to write down. Yiissh, you’re not alone – me too. All questions as to why it’s given such an elongatedbutinthefirstplacewhymusttheynameitsolong name aside, lets just call it the “R27”. Easier for everyone to say and remember, yes?

But luckily for us, Renault also decided upon the letter “R” to signify its hot 2.0-litre performance-focused Clio R27 – at least it still sounds in sync with the whole sports and racing pedigree. And then there’s the whole list of enhancements - lets see, the list consists of strengthened chassis, sports suspension set-up, sports-inspired interior, extensive bodykits – the list just goes on. But to sum it all up, this car is packed to provide all the punches you’ll ever need.

The Megane R26 was something, but it’s a tad bulky for a “hot-hatch”. In fact, “warm-hatch” seems more apt to put it in a better light. Undeniably, it is a nice car to drive fast in – but it can never beat the Volkswagen Golf GTI in terms of outright practicality, value-for-money and overall quality. And the sales figures somewhat reflects that.

Anyway, the R27 is a highly-anticipated hot-hatch for 2008. Well, it’s a hot-hatch after all, and every man with that tinge of “boyishness” will surely love a hot-hatch…Somehow.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 200bhp @ 7250rpm
Torque 215Nm @ 5550rpm
Power to Weight 161.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 223 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3991 x 2025 x 1484) mm
Wheelbase 2585 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1240 kg
Boot Capacity 606 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs