I’m not Jhonny Lieberman, but “Hello there”!
Great news! It is a fast Dacia Sandero! I spent a little time with rebadged Renault version for the Brazilian market of the Sandero R.S.. That’s what I think:
When it was released in Brazil in 2007, the Renault Sandero had the main shopping appeal the rational based on spacious interior and competitive price, now, is a different story with the arrival of the RS version. Not that these qualities have been forgotten in favor of sportiness, but you need to know as the Sandero distanced himself from the roots to seek new inspirations. If this does not make much sense before the hatch market strategy is pretty much the epitome of RS own: less reason and more excitement.
The model is already available in some dealers of the brand and will reach all the stores in the country by the end of this week for R $ 58,880.
Mechanical changes to win RS surname
Made in Sao Jose dos Pinhais (BR), this is the first RS model to be manufactured outside France - according to the brand, it is already confirmed sales in the Argentine and Mexican markets. The flex engine 2.0 16V 150 hp is pretty much the same already used in the Duster, imported from France. However, changes were made in the intake system, which was 20% higher in the hatch, improving the breathing of fuel and, moreover, has adopted a new mapping to the electronic fuel injection and exhaust system reworked with larger diameter and a new muffler.
The six-speed manual transmission also came from the SUV, but the speed gained shorter ratios, while the suspension became more rigid and low (2.5 cm less than the conventional versions). With 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, it fulfills acceleration 0-100 km / h in 8 seconds, while top speed reaches 202 km / h.
A novelty is the driving mode selector, which lets you change the behavior of the car according to the preferences of the driver via a button on the dashboard. Overall, there are three settings available that alter throttle response, mapping of electronic fuel injection and engine noise. In Normal mode, the hatch behaves in a “civilized” way, is more aggressive in Sport and its option more “skittish” Sport + mode, which keeps the parameters of the Sport mode, however, turns off the stability control.
Despite the extra power under the hood, it is the chassis that impresses more in the Sandero RS. The suspension tuning is firmwhen cornering, but without compromising the absorption of asphalt imperfections. The car does not roll and when pushed to the limit, the car tends to understeer. The stability control, however, comes into play only when it is necessary, but without interfering with the driver’s role. Instead of curbing the driver, electronic aids help keep the car on the hand, avoiding small mistakes to become big losses. The steering is direct and transmission has short relationships, but the gear change should have more precision in the shifts,
Life on board
The seats have good lateral support, both the seat and backrest, but lacks the depth setting the direction for the driving position really suits every driver. The leather steering wheel is the same used in the Clio RS.
Among the standard equipment, are items like multimedia system with touch screen seven-inch, integrated GPS, rear parking sensor, autopilot, locks, mirrors and electric windows in all four doors and automatic air-conditioning with manual controls, control stability and starting assistant on ramps. The only equipment offered as an option is the alloy wheel assembly rim 17, replacing the rims 16 that are offered factory. Disc brakes on all four wheels, designed for use on the track and able to stop from 100 km / h in 37.4 m, about 3 meters less than conventional Sandero