Renault CLIO R.S. 16 Concept at Monaco GP – Video
Starting with the svelte body of the compact Clio hatch, Renault engineers ditched that car’s turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission in favour of a more powerful 2.0-litre motor from the range-topping Megane RS 275.
The result is a machine that offers 205kW and 360Nm performance in a fun-sized package.
The R.S. 16 also brings the Megane’s conventional manual transmission and limited slip differential arrangement that should make the concept much more engaging than a conventional Clio.
Finished in the same shade of yellow as the brand’s latest Formula One machinery, the Clio features 19-inch wheels, a 60mm-wider body, twin-outlet Akrapovic exhausts and fog lights in the shape of Renault Sport’s chequered flag logo.
Officially a concept for now, the Clio R.S. 16 will tour the Monaco GP and Goodwood Festival of Speed before making a likely appearance at the Paris motor show. Renault hasn’t said whether the Clio is in consideration for production, though it’s unlikely hot hatch fans would reject such a compelling product.