Renault Clio RS 16 – Wide body hot hatch

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In between making city cars for Nicole and incognito shopping trolleys for Papa, Renault have the odd off the wall moment. The outcome is always ridiculous, but the execution makes it all come together in one awesome package. I mean, who else would have though it perfectly sensible to shoehorn a V6 engine into a Clio. Twice.

Renault Clio RS 16

In a similar vein, Renault have chosen the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix to pull the covers off their latest super fast Clio concept – the RS 16. The idea conjured up by the engineers was simple. Transplant the thumping engine from the Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R into it’s smaller sibling.

Renault Clio RS 16

Whilst this may sound relatively straightforward, it has taken significant modification to the Clio to make the whole package work. The front of the car was widened by 60mm and the 19-inch wheels were added to cope with the extra power. The exhaust system was also revised as a function of the engine’s potential, while the suspension was engineered to match the car’s outstanding performance characteristics. Careful attention was paid to the sound produced by the car, too, and an Akrapovič twin exhaust system was selected.

Renault Clio RS 16

It remains to be seen if this latest crazy Clio will be turned into a full production run. The car’s first official UK appearance will be the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where we hope to get a close look.

Renault Clio RS 16 - Wide body hot hatch

 

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Chris, known as Cess on the forums, is a long time RMS member. He is a fervent motorsports enthusiast and lover of all things automotive. He can be found on the ditches of most Irish rallies, at Mondello watching drifting or in front of the TV watching motorbike racing.

RMS Forum Comments

David.S 10:41 | Sat 28 May, 2016 | Report
Cracker looking wee car, I am sure there was some rip of the exhaust.
stuartyvilla 13:59 | Sat 28 May, 2016 | Report
This car was so much win! Hope it sees limited production!
acsmyth 09:03 | Mon 30 May, 2016 | Report
60mm wider track too. Looks great!
1041 10:01 | Tue 31 May, 2016 | Report
Not a fan of Renault's at all, but that looks amazing! Side view makes it look huge.
ChrisL 13:15 | Tue 31 May, 2016 | Report
Jesus that looks great, that rear shot (H) http://reallymeansounds.com/wp/wp-content/gallery/RSClio16/Renault_Clio_RS_16-4.jpg
Nigelo 14:34 | Tue 31 May, 2016 | Report
From the side-on its looks a little like a shrunken focus RS with fat arches. Focus RS http://reallymeansounds.com/wp/wp-content/gallery/RSClio16/Renault_Clio_RS_16-6.jpg Clio RS16 https://www.ford.com/campaignlibs/content/dam/ford_com/en_us/gtreveal/jellybeans/side_profile_focus_rs_70mm_02.jpg
DC. 16:54 | Tue 31 May, 2016 | Report
Nice idea switching names…or did you. Tidy looking car for a Renault!
Nigelo 19:54 | Tue 31 May, 2016 | Report
| Nice idea switching names…or did you. Tidy looking car for a Renault!
;)


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