Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Renault Clio Sport Tourer

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The Renault Clio Sport Tourer based on the Clio III is one of the most compact estate cars on the market. It has the same wheelbase as the hatchback at 2,575mm but has a 216mm longer rear overhang because of its estate rear.

The 439 liter boot can be extended to 1277mm when you fold the split fold rear seats down. The shape of the rear bumper and the low sill height of 581mm allows easy boot access with no protuberances. The boot has a removable floor flap, which when removed increases boot space by a further 72 liters.

Three petrol engines and three diesel engines are available. The baseline petrol units is a 75 horsepower 1.2 liter 16 valve. This is the manual model - when equipped with a robotized manual transmission (similiar to our Savvy AMT) the engine is tuned up to produce 80 horsepower. Next in line is a 100 horsepower 1.2 liter 16V turbocharged engine, with a peak torque of 145Nm at 3,000rpm. I wonder if somehow someone could stuff this engine into a Savvy. The top of the range gasoline in a 1.6 liter 16V with 110 horsepower and 151Nm of torque at 4,250rpm.

Oil burners are all 1.5 liter DCi engines in different stages of tune - 70 horsepower with 160Nm of torque, 85 horsepower with 200Nm of torque and 105 horsepower with 240Nm of torque.

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