Good news! This is the new 2020 Renault/Dacia Sandero RS and it looks mega. People can say what they want about Dacia but I think this would make a great little warm hatch. The previous generations of Sandero RS have been a success but unfortunately not in the UK, as they don't exist here....
That's right, the Sandero RS is exclusively sold in South America, lucky buggers. While this means I will never get to drive one, let alone see one, it is nice to know it exists for others to enjoy. As you can see by the rear, it seems to resemble the new Megane RS. You can see this especially if you look at the brake lights. I like that as it shows the sort of 'heritage' it shares with the Megane RS, a truly great hatchback.
Now, the Sandero RS is nothing of a lothario in the automotive world. It is to some, very underpowered and an ugly thing. However, I don't think this is necessarily the case. Don't forget what this is. This is the essence of a warm hatch, small, light and cheap.
The Sandero RS packs a 2.0L engine which oddly produces two different power outputs. Let me explain. The standard petrol engine produces 143 hp whereas the ethanol powered engine produces 148 hp. This is because most small cars run on ethanol in Brazil due to it being cheaper than petrol. Ethanol is essentially made up of sugarcanes which is good in Brazil as they make up 25% of the world's sugarcane industry.
Both fuel types can get the car from 0-60 mph in eight seconds and have a top speed of 126 mph, which for a small warm hatch isn't all that bad. Now the part you have all been waiting for. How much does it cost? Well, it is the equivalent of £14,000 so that would be around 66,000 Brazilian Reals. This is a big step up from the Sanderos starting price of around £6,000 but I'm sure it is worth it.