Just what is Va Va Voom, the now famous phrase from the Renault Clio TV adverts? Whilst many have tried to define it – even the Oxford English dictionary came up with a definition – everyone knows the positive feeling that is Va Va Voom, including 40,000 New Clio III car buyers last year.
Now Clio’s Va Va Voom has been reinforced even further with the creation of Clio Rip Curl, a special edition designed in conjunction with the world renowned surfboard and activity clothing specialist, Rip Curl.
Clio Rip Curl is targeting the younger, lower priced end of the market with a dynamic, well-equipped car that is economical to run. Available in three and five-door versions, with two engine choices, the 1.2 16V 75 and the 1.5 dCi 68, the petrol three-door is priced at £9,595 whilst the five-door is £10,265. The diesel three-door is £10,595 with the five-door priced at £11,265.
The new Clio Rip Curl is based on the best-selling Dynamique trim so it already benefits from a stylish and sporty exterior. Rip Curl has also added its own trademark styling to the Clio to produce a special edition with new features such as the ocean inspired the body colour of Ice Blue.
The Clio Rip Curl is well-suited to younger drivers with music, style and fun at the top of its design agenda. A 2x15W radio CD MP3 compatible player with two speakers, two tweeters and fingertip remote controls with multi-function TunePoint is a standard feature. The TunePoint’s anchorage connection point is concealed in the glove box and allows MP3 players such as iPods to be plugged in.
Stylish interior and exterior features including specific Rip Curl graphics on the tailgate, side mouldings, door sills, inserts on the dashboard, centre console and upholstery with Rip Curl tag on the front headrest are unique to the Clio Rip Curl and ensure that the fashion conscious Clio drivers stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
Clio Rip Curl is loaded with an impressive list of standard equipment to make all your friends seaweed green with envy.
In addition to the core features which include ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), front lateral airbags, anti-drill door locks and multi-function trip computer, Clio Rip Curl also has the following special equipment as standard:
The Rip Curl Pack incorporating red dashboard inserts and Rip curl branding on the centre console, red and charcoal Rip Curl upholstery with Rip Curl tag, exterior Rip Curl branding, 2 x 15W radio CD MP3-compatible player with two speakers, two tweeters and fingertip remote controls with multi-function TunePoint.
Normal Dynamique standard equipment also fitted is: soft touch dashboard with satin chrome instrument dial and air vent surrounds and interior satin chrome door handles, body coloured electric heated door mirrors, leather steering wheel, leather gearknob with satin chrome insert, electric front windows with driver one touch control, satin chrome exterior door handles, ‘see me home’ headlamps, 60: 40 split folding rear seats, three rear headrests and 15″ ‘Mahonia’ alloy wheels.
Clio Rip Curl is practical and comfortable, meaning it fits in perfectly to active lifestyles and is designed with fans of the great outdoors in mind. Clio Rip Curl features equipment specially tailored for beach or piste. Durability is assured with special front rubber mats and rigid rubber bootspace protector with compartment tray, that are impervious to sand or snow, also coming as standard as part of the special ‘Rip Curl’ pack.
Clio Rip Curl is also offered with five value-for-money option packs including the City Pack Plus which at £1,200 includes automatic lights and automatic windscreen wipers, parking proximity sensors and Carminat ‘Turn by Turn’ satellite navigation system which is perfect for ensuring you find your way to best beaches!
Clio Rip Curl marks the beginning of a long-term commitment between Renault and Rip Curl. The two brands share a passion for freedom and mobility, and both are committed to safety, creative forward thinking and respecting and protecting the Earth.
With this in mind, the Clio Rip Curl’s economical engines offer low emissions but with a frugal economy. The 1.2 16V 75 has CO2 emissions of 139 g/km with a combined mpg of 47.9, whilst the 1.5 dCi 68 emits just 120 g/km putting it in VED band B and offers a combined mpg of 62.8.
The Clio Rip Curl is also 95% recyclable by weight which further demonstrates Renault’s shared environmental concerns with Rip Curl.
As part of the partnership, Renault will join Rip Curl in supporting surfing in Europe and protecting sensitive areas where the sport takes place (Rip Curl Planet Project).
With the bank balances of its target younger customers in mind, Clio Rip Curl benefits from the extremely low insurance group of 2E on all Clio Rip Curl models.
Clio Rip Curl is the first Clio trim to feature the metallic body colour of Ice Blue. There are seven colours to choose from, one non-metallic (Pacific Blue) and six metallic (Ice Blue, Eclipse, Mercury, Pearl Black, Flame Red and Tempest).
The new Clio Rip Curl is available to order now priced from £9,595 and is available in three-door and five-door versions.
Clio Rip Curl is fashionable, fun, stylish and practical, and is perfectly suited to active and adventurous lifestyles as well as younger drivers.