Sold since 2015 in Brazil, under the Renault label, the most vitamin-packed Romanian unfortunately bows out. Did you know this Sandero RS?
Dacia Sandero RS: end of career for the low-cost sports car – You may have heard about it: most Dacia models sold in Western Europe are under the Renault emblem in certain emerging countries such as South America or India. But did you know that the Brazilian catalog of the Renault Sandero has, until now, included a sports variant stamped Renault-Sport?
On the side of Sao Paulo, where Formula 1 is a real religion, it is possible to indulge in the joys of the track against just under 100,000 Brazilian Reals, or around € 15,500, by buying a Renault Sandero RS. A pretty tidy sum on the other side of the Atlantic, a few hundred euros higher than our national Sandero Stepway, except that the Brazilian sports model distills 150 hp when ours has to be content with 90 hp.
Goodbye CO2 emissions
The problem is that this Renault Sandero RS is based on the platform of the old Sandero 2, itself extrapolated from the antique Clio 2 that appeared in 1998. This is to say if the city car “do Brasil” is an old thing in comparison with the current generation passed in France which benefits neither more nor less from the base CMP one not little more modern of the Clio 5. In short, a chasm of technology separates these two Sanderos. It is for this reason that the version of Mercosur withdraws, for lack of being able to meet environmental requirements in force, in the country of Bolsonaro.
« Finale Edition »
To celebrate this retirement with dignity, the Renault Sandero RS offers itself a series limited to 100 copies, called “Finale”. Each unit comes with a box set including a cap, a key ring, an RS wallet and a poster of the model in question representing it in the form of an industrial design. On board, a metal plate stamped RS “Finale” is housed behind the 6-speed manual gearbox control.
Light as a feather, the Renault Sandero RS has acquired a solid reputation as a low-cost competitor, on the other side of the Atlantic, thanks to its 2.0 l engine which allows it to hook up 202 km / h peak after having sent the 0 to 100 km / h in just 8 s, better than the first generation of Clio 16S, which appeared in the 90s. Unknown in Europe, this Romanian woman badged with a diamond and able to dance the samba will probably be regretted on the other side of the world. And insofar as the Renault-Sport department is about to be dissolved in favor of Alpine, the chances of seeing this type of GTi again are slim. Unless Luca de Meo decides to launch a Sandero Alpine Line. Chick?
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