A Renault representative has hinted a more hardcore Clio RS version could be in the pipeline.

A Renault representative has hinted a more hardcore Clio RS version could be in the pipeline.

Renault's vice president of product planning Philippe Klein acknowledged some people criticized the Clio RS for not being "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.

While the Clio RS needs 6.7 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h), the Gordini derivative is rumored to complete the task in 5.9 seconds. Top speed should also increase from 143 mph (230 km/h) to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Renault considering more hardcore Clio RS - report