The French automaker has recently introduced the prototype of a very hot Clio, which makes use of the current Megane RS’ two-liter engine, though fans will be sadden to find out it’s going to a be a one-off job.
This is the same car that leaked in official photographs, and since there weren’t many official details available the rumor community talked about an uprated version of the regular turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts). There were those who also dreamed about having the Megane RS’ larger engine fitted inside – and it turns out that dreaming big sometimes pays off. This is because this hardcore Clio RS inherits the same engine as the one used inside the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, together with its six-speed manual (the standard Clio RS goes with an EDC auto transmission).
This means the mightier engine will boast 275 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and a maximum torque of 266 pound-feet (360 Newton meters), meaning this little fighter would become utterly feisty. A pocket rocket in concept form, the RS 16 is also 60 mm (2.3 inches) wider than the Clio RS 220 EDC – with the cooling system also taken directly from the Megane RS to make sure everything is in order. The supermini also comes packing 19-inch alloy wheels and a special LED chequered-pattern lighting signature –and in addition the engineers said the big torque was kept in check not only with parts from the Megane RS, but also from the Kangoo and Espace.
The concept was presented during the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix weekend and has been clad in Renault Sport’s traditional Liquid Yellow paint, matched with glossy black details. This is a nod to the Renault Sport Formula One Team’s R.S.16 F1 car. The prototype will also be available for the public during the Goodwood Festival of Speed taking place between June 23rd and 26th. The concept was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Renault Sport and also its return to Formula 1.