Renault must have had an old pile of 2.0-liter 145 hp engines lying around when it decided to create the Sandero RS, because that’s what powers it.
Granted, it’s only destined to be sold in this configuration in Latin America, a market where engines such as this are still prolific among new cars.
It’s still a significant car nonetheless because it’s the very first RenaultSport model to be built outside of Europe. Aside from the bigger engine that’s hooked up to a six-speed manual, it gets a sports-tuned stability program, lower and stiffer suspension, revised steering and four-wheel disk brakes.
That’s literally all Renault says about it, but we can estimate that it will hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in 8-ish seconds and not have a very high top speed – probably no more than 210 km/h or 130 mph. Hopefully, it will corner well too…
The Sandero RS 2.0 is pegged to be launched in Argentina early next year and it was revealed today at the Buenos Aires motor show alongside the Duster Oroch, another Renault that’s exclusively destined for Latin American countries.