According to Philippe Klein, Renault vice-president of product planning, the company is considering a more hardcore version of the once utterly popular Clio RS version.
After Renault decided for the current generation Clio RS to ditch the three-door version, replace the manual gearbox with an automatic and have the same amount of power under the bonnet, a lot of people – fans included – complained about the French taking out the fun factor out of the equation.
Well, it looks like they have taken all the voices into account, as Klein said, “There were some people who criticized the car early on and then when they drove it they changed their minds completely. That didn’t apply to everyone; some people still think it is perhaps a bit too easy to drive, not rough enough.”
He went on to say Renault will “ultimately listen to the customers” as they will “revise and change things as time goes on.” We don’t know if this actually means the Clio RS will get a manual gearbox as this represents the most frequent critique addressed to the model.
A late July report indicated a Gordini derivative with 230 HP (169 kW) and 210 lb-ft (285 Nm) coming from the same 1.6-liter turbo engine, making it 30 HP (22 kW) and 33 lb-ft (51 Nm) more powerful than the regular Clio RS. Aside from an increased output, the Gordini version will allegedly lose 25 kg (55 lbs) and get a 10mm lowered Cup chassis.