Renault Sandero RS 2.0 is a fruit that Europeans cannot taste. It is the result Renault Sport engineers running wild and was created specifically for the Latin American market. Renault Sandero RS 2.0 is available in Argentina from 2016 and its assembly takes place at the Curitiba plant. Now, with the involvement of Renault Design Latin America and Renault Technocentre America, the limited edition Racing Spirit was been created. Therefore, this version exudes the sporting character of the hatchback in a more extrovert way.
The dynamic features are due to the engine with a displacement of 2 liters with 4 cylinders, 6-speed manual gearbox, sporty ESP, as well as electro-hydraulic suspension (opposes more resistance as the speed increases) on top of disc braking on all four wheels. At the touch of an RS button, the driver can choose one of three modes: Standard, Sport and Sport +. In Sport mode, the exhaust tone becomes more severe and the engine response is prompter. In Sport + the stability and traction control system is disengaged for an exhilarating driving experience.
These specifications help optimize the exploitation of the engine’s resources, which develops 145 hp when fueled with gasoline and 150 hp when receiving ethanol. When using gasoline, the 0 to 100 km / h acceleration takes 8.4 seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 200 km / h. Ethanol improves performance: 0 to 100 km / h in 8 seconds and 202 km / h.
The Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit edition adds elements that make the hot hatch status of this model even more obvious. Outside, we have 17-inch wheels, Michelin PS4 tires, red-painted calipers, the F1 style red lamellae that adorn the front spoiler, the rear spoiler diffuser and the Racing Spirit stripes across the car’s sides.
In the passenger compartment, next to the transmission lever, there is an engraved plaque with the copy number of this limited edition. Then, just like on the outside, the chromatic theme is given by the stylized black background with red details. The contours of the on-board clocks and ventilation holes, seams and the stripes on the seats are red, and there are black glossy plastic parts on the dashboard and door handles.
With a starting price of 21,000 dollars (just as much as a Ford Fiesta ST), the new Sandero RS Racing Spirit comes standard with goodies including LED daytime running lights, automatic air conditioning and electrically operated front windows.
If you are planning to buy the Sandero sporty model, you will also discover a few other surprises: an infotainment system equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, which allows you to use the navigation system, the new generation parking sensors, steep slope assistance, but also steering and speed control system.
Overall, this is not too shabby a job for the first model Sandero RS built outside Europe.