The Renault Sport chief, Patrice Ratti has apparently admitted in media the French automaker’s top brass are now seriously considering the idea of small scale production for the Clio RS 16 concept.
The previous generation Megane RS has been retired, awaiting for the next iteration, but it appears the model’s serious turbocharged 2.0-liter engine might actually embrace a smaller, lighter and nimbler car. This could be the production-ready version of the Clio R.S. 16 concept showcased for the first time this year by Renault at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix to signal four decades of the RS brand and the company’s return to the F1 world. A prototype of the high-performance hatch has already been seen in mule form, so the news is not entirely surprising.
RS’ boss Patrice Ratti actually admitted the company is now considering the business case for a “small run” of road-going cars. If the model reaches the production floor it will also be derived as a right-hand drive version due to considerable interest from Australia and the United Kingdom. We’re also hoping it will retain the full grunt of the concept – which directly took the 275 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton-meters) engine from the Megane RS 275 Trophy, complimented by a six speed manual and a limited-slip differential.