Renault Clio II RS 182
The second generation of the Renault Clio was a B-segment car launched in 1998 and facelifted in 2001.
In 2004, Renault launched the Clio RS 182 that replaced the Clio RS 172, featuring a number of updates. The car was fitted with an reworked F4R 738 engine that produced 182 hp (134 kW) of power and 199 Nm of torque. This increase in power was thanks to the addition of a 4-2-1 Manifold and high flow 200 cell sports catalytic converter. The spare wheel well was removed and replaced with a flat floor to make way for the new dual exit exhaust featured on the 182. This refresh also marked the introduction of cruise control and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment. The car accelerated from 0-100 km/h in 7,1 seconds and could reach a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph).
Visually, the car was distinguished by the visible double exhaust pipes, the grey headlamp background as well as the updated wheels and colour options. Inside, the car had perforated Alcantara sport seats (optional Recaro Trendline).
The Clio 182 Cup was a lower priced and lighter version. This Cup Chassis pack included a strengthened hub with 60mm spacing on the strut bolt holes as opposed 54mm on non cup packed cars. The Cup Chassis also featured lowered suspension with stiffer shocks and springs, a thicker front anti roll bar and an anthracite version of the standard alloy wheels. In favor of weight reduction, it lacked the automatic Xenon headlights and headlight washer jets, climate control, rear footwell heater vents, illuminated sun visors, Solar Reflective Windscreen and Automatic Wipers. The leather / Alcantara seats were replaced with cloth items and the rear bench was downgraded to match. The engine cover and sill plates were removed and the steering wheel was downgraded to no longer include the RenaultSport Logo or rubber thumb grips. Carpet and headlining were downgraded to basic specification and even the documentation wallet was changed from faux leather to cloth. Sound deadening was removed from the 182 Cup, the horn was downgraded from a twin to single unit and the interior light no longer included a map reading function.
The final version of the model was the Clio 182 Trophy that was based on the 182 Cup and featured the same strengthened hubs with 60 mm bolt spacing. Originally only 500 cars were to be produced for the UK market however an additional 50 were produced to be sold in Switzerland. The 182 Trophy included 16 Inch Speedline Turini Alloy wheels as seen on the 172 Cup, the Spoiler from the Clio 255 V6, Recaro Trendline seats and exclusive 727 Capsicum Red Paint with Trophy Decals lacquered onto the Side skirts. Each car had an individually numbered plaque on the base of the driver’s seat. The biggest difference however between the 182 Cup and 182 Trophy was the inclusion of Sachs Remote-Reservoir dampers. The basic principle of a Remote-Reservoir damper is that because there is a separate reservoir for the gas or oil which fills the shock they can either be of a reduced length or can house a longer rod, this means that the sizing of the shock can be optimised for the application in which it is being used.
Renault Clio II RS 172
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280 mm Ventilated Discs
238 mm Discs