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The Renault Clio RS18 Is An Incredibly Rare And Quite Expensive Hot Hatch

This new version of the Clio RS is limited to just 15 units in the UK, and it'll set you back £24,295

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Last year, Seat announced that it was only bringing 24 examples of its Leon Cupra R to the UK. That makes the car rarer than all but the most exclusive of supercars found on our British Isles, but you ain’t seen nothing yet - Renault has its own limited-run piece of hot hatchery, and it’s shipping over just 15 of the things.

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It’s called the RS18, named after Renault’s current Formula 1 challenger. Based on the 220 Trophy, it’s been given a lovely ‘Deep Black’ finish with ‘Liquid Yellow’ accents - the latter being the hue used for the F1 car.

It also has a smattering of RS18 decals, while the Renault ‘diamond’ badge, RS logo and rear diffuser are all coated with gloss black paint.

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On the inside you’ll find a numbered sill kick plate, a steering wheel trimmed in leather and Alcantara, and carbonfibre air vent surrounds. Our favourite addition is on the outside, though: it’s been fitted with a noisy Akrapovič exhaust.

Renault - The Renault Clio RS18 Is An Incredibly Rare And Quite Expensive Hot Hatch - News

All sounds rather nice, but it’s not cheap: the RS18 will set you back £24,295. Granted, a Trophy with the Akrapovič pipes optioned works out more, so if it’s a 220 you’re after, you might as well have this fancy version.

Then again, you could have a 208 GTI By Peugeot Sport for less, and that - unlike the Renault - has a manual gearbox. And then there’s the incoming Ford Fiesta ST, which should weigh in comfortably less than £20,000. Thinking about it, the new Megane RS isn’t significantly more than this Clio.

Where would your money go?