Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti has admitted the Clio R.S. 16 concept is seriously being considered for a small production run.
The Megane RS has gone out of production, but its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine might solider on in a smaller and lighter car. We are talking about a production-ready version of the Clio R.S. 16 concept introduced by Renault earlier this year at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix to celebrate four decades of the RS brand as well as the company’s return to F1.
A prototype of the high-performance hatch has already been spotted as a mule (pictured below) last month, so the news of a potential production version does not come as a big surprise. Our colleagues from Drive had the chance to talk to RS’ boss Patrice Ratti, and he admitted they’re analyzing the prospects of coming out with a “small run” of road-going cars. He went on to express his desire for such a model, adding that “every week I hope we will get a decision” about putting the concept into production.
If it will receive the green light, the Clio R.S. 16 will also come in right-hand drive specification since there would be enough demand from Australia and U.K. to justify a RHD version. According to other sources close to the matter cited by Drive, the car has already received the stamp of approval from Renault’s executives and it’s definitely coming.
It will be interesting to see whether the production-ready car will have the full 275 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet (360 newton-meters) of the concept and Megane RS 275 Trophy. A manual six-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential also sourced from the hot Megane III are also on the agenda to make purists happy.
Aside from the engine transplant, the R.S. 16 is also expected to be 2.3 inches (60 millimeters) wider than the Clio RS 220 Trophy on sale today. Upgraded cooling to match the larger 2.0-liter unit is also on the agenda, as are 19-inch wheels and a stiffer suspension setup courtesy of Renault’s performance arm.
With limited availability and a plethora of upgrades over the existing flagship model, the R.S. 16 will certainly cost a pretty penny. Since the RS 220 Trophy begins at €29,300 in France, chances are the Megane RS-powered version will set you back a cool €35,000.
For those in need of something larger, an all-new Megane RS will be out next year and will stick to a front-wheel drive layout. It’s bound to receive a six-speed manual gearbox with Nissan 370Z-sourced rev-matching tech, along with an optional four-wheel steering system and other goodies to make it a blast to drive both around the track and on public roads.