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Renault's hottest Clio yet: 205kW RS Concept at Monaco GP

2016-05-27 15:53

ULTIMATE CLIO? Renault celebrated 40 years of Renault Sport (RS) will the unveiling of its Clio RS 16 Concept. Image: Newspress

  •  Clio RS 16 uses Megane's 275 engine
  •  Same colours as 2016 F1 car
  •  Unveiled at 2016 Monaco GP

Monaco - Renault Sport (RS) has unveiled a new concept car on the streets of Monaco’s famous Grand Prix circuit on Friday, driven by Renault driver Kevin Magnussen.

The Clio RS 16 is the most powerful RS road-going vehicle yet, its reveal also marks 40 years of RS and Renault’s return to Formula 1 as a constructor.

Power - 205kW/360Nm

Patrice Ratti, managing director of Renault Sport Cars, said: "Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials.

"On paper, producing a Clio RS powered by our most potent engine was an extremely appealing idea, but we had to make sure it was feasible."

The Clio RS 16 uses the automaker's most potent engine - the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine powering the Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R, tuned to  205kW/360Nm.

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The exhaust system and suspension has been revised. The RS Concept uses an Akrapovic twin exhaust.


Performance-led design

The body of the RS Concept was widened by 60mm, it also features 19" wheels and optimisation of the engine cooling system.

It sports a yellow paintjob with gloss black details to mirror Renault's F1 cars.

The car’s next official appearance will be the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23-26.

With enough demand by RS fans, the French automaker could enter it into production. Let's get those feet stomping then...

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