New Clio R.S. 200 EDC: ‘à la carte’ sports performance

As two cars in one, New Clio R.S. 200 EDC boasts a package of unprecedented innovations for its segment. For everyday use, in ‘Normal’ mode, New Clio R.S. delivers all the qualities expected of a Clio, namely a quiet ride, a high level of travelling comfort and low running costs. But switch to the more dynamic ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ modes, and its unmistakable sporty characteristics become apparent at once.

Pressing the ‘R.S. Drive’ button modifies the mapping of both the transmission (gear shift programming and shift time) and engine (response to pedal position and engine pitch). It also alters the way the ESC and ASR traction control intervene, as well as the feel of the power steering.

This system is based on a choice of three very different modes (‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’) which modify New Clio R.S. 200 EDC’s performance characteristics as a function of the driver’s wishes, needs or usage. As a result, New Clio R.S. 200 EDC is truly several cars in one.


The gear shift programming depends on a number of vehicle-related parameters (accelerator pedal position, pressure on the brake pedal, steering wheel angle), as well as on road conditions (slope, available grip, etc.). Gear shift speeds are also dependent on the load demanded by the accelerator pedal.

R.S. Drive modes NormalSportRace
Tick-over speed 750rpm 1,005rpm 1,005rpm
Accelerator pedal feel Comfort Dynamic Dynamic
Pedal feel Progressive Reduced lag Reduced lag
Engine pitch Heightened Heightened
R.S.: audible shift warning before engine cut-off (in manual EDC mode) No Yes (manual mode) Yes (manual mode)
’Ambilight’ No Gradient colour light Gradient colour light
Gear shift programming with ‘Drive’ selected Eco / Comfort Sport: appropriate corrections (e.g. anticipates downshifts) Entirely manual
Gear shift times with ‘Drive’ or ‘Manual’ selected Progressive Fast Very fast (less than 150 ms and less than 120ms for Clio R.S. 220 EDC TROPHY)
Launch Control No Yes Yes
Power steering Soft feel / drive comfort Firm Firm
ESC + ASR traction control Normal / Safety Sport: sliding accepted Fully disconnected: no influence