Dacia-derived budget hot hatch special remains Brazil-only – argh!
We already love the idea of the hot Dacia Sandero, sadly denied us despite being sold in other markets. It's now become an even more appealing unobtainable with the launch of a new Brazil-only Sandero RS Racing Spirit version. Sold under Renault branding, it adds standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres wrapping a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. Within them are red-painted brake calipers and an assortment of red body accents applied onto the side mirror caps as well as on the lower areas of the bumpers. Rounding off the changes on the outside are red side stripes featuring 'Racing Spirit' lettering at one end and a racing flag at the other.
Renault has also made some subtle changes inside the cabin where the special-edition Sandero RS boasts an individually numbered plate positioned near the gearlever: production's limited to 1,500 examples. Continuing the exterior’s black and red theme, the interior has a similar two-tone look.
As with the regular version, the Racing Spirit boasts the same naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 150 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque channeled to the road via a six-speed, short-ratio manual gearbox. It does 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 125 mph.
Priced at R $ 66,400 (around £16,500), the Sandero RS Racing Spirit will come as standard with goodies including LED daytime running lights, automatic air conditioning, and front electric windows. There's also a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, along with parking sensors, hill climb assist, ESP, even cruise control.
Renault says it will showcase the new RS Racing Spirit between June 10 and 20 during the Buenos Aires Motor Show. Which is all well and good, but maybe it would be a better idea to slap on the Dacia badge and sell this old-school hot hatch in Europe as well. How about it, Renault and Dacia?