Renault has squeezed the Megane RS’ 2.0-liter engine underneath the hood of a hardcore Clio, but it’s only a concept.
We first saw this car last weekend when several official images “accidentally” hit the web. At that point, it was believed the car had an uprated version of the turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts). It turns out those rumors were false as the Clio R.S. 16 concept you see here actually has the larger turbo 2.0-liter sourced from the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R from where it has also inherited the six-speed manual gearbox.
The beefier engine is good enough for a respectable 275 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and a maximum torque of 266 pound-feet (360 newton meters) which should turn this Clio RS concept into an absolute pocket rocket. Compared to the Clio RS 220 EDC on sale today, the concept’s body is 60 mm (2.3 inches) wider and the cooling system was taken from the Megane RS to match the stronger engine.
In addition, Renault Sport’s engineers have fitted the 275-hp supermini with chunky 19-inch alloy wheels and a special LED chequered-pattern lighting signature to make it stand out even more. Interestingly, to cope with all that torque, the engineers had to adapt some components borrowed not only from the go-fast Megane, but also from the Kangoo and Espace.
Scheduled to make its first public appearance today at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix practice, the concept wears Renault Sport’s traditional Liquid Yellow paint combined with glossy black details. This finish was selected to mimic the look of the Renault Sport Formula One Team’s R.S.16 F1 car. The company with the diamond logo also has plans to showcase the Clio R.S. 16 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which will take place from June 23rd until the 26th.
Developed over the course of just five months, the Clio R.S. 16 marks the 40th anniversary of Renault Sport and also its return to Formula 1. It will be interesting to see whether Renault will aim to take down the ‘Ring record for a front-wheel-drive car which currently belongs to the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S with a time of 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds. But bear in mind, this Clio is only a concept whereas the Golf is a production car.