Fitting the original tyre on to the vehicle - The Clio RS Trophy shod with Michelin tyres

The Clio RS Trophy shod with Michelin tyres

Stock tyres Published the 20/04/2015 by Julien

Purists have been eagerly waiting for a more radical version of the latest Clio RS. A Trophy version, presented at the last Geneva Motor Show, comes with a few notable changes such as its tyres, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Clio RS Trophy at the Geneva Motor Show For the boosted Trophy version, the Clio RS comes with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres - Copyright © : rezulteo

Since its launch, the Clio 4 RS has been a disappointment for all purists. Nowhere near as sporty as its predecessor and equipped with some questionable technical choices, it no longer seemed in line with the rigour we have come to expect from Renault Sport.

However, on several occasions the diamond manufacturer’s sporty signature has shown us its ability to make positive changes to a model. The first Megane RS is a perfect example.

As a result, a more powerful version of the Clio 4 RS was highly anticipated, and tipped to be shown at the 2015 edition of the Geneva Motor Show.

As such, a "Trophy" version was presented. It offers significant changes, particularly at a mechanical level, since the 1.6 litre turbo engine has been upgraded from 200 to 220 hp. The robotised gearbox remains but is updated to allow much faster gear shifts.

As a result, the suspension has also changed. The chassis has been lowered by 20 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear, new shock absorbers have been fitted and the steering ratio reduced by 10%.

On the tyre side, the Clio 4 RS was initially sold with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyres for the sport chassis, and Dunlop Sport Maxx RT for the cup chassis.

The Trophy version is delivered with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. This is a more radical tyre than the aforementioned, clearly defining its dynamic positioning. Indeed, the PSS is between a sports tyre and a semi-slick. As a result, it is designed for a more radical use and occasional track use.

The size remains the same: 205 40 ZR 18 (86Y).

Rear view of the Clio RS TrophyCopyright © : rezulteo