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Renault goes all out with Clio R.S. 16 concept

The Clio R.S. 16 is based on a Clio R.S.
The Clio R.S. 16 is based on a Clio R.S.
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The Clio R.S. 16 is based on a Clio R.S.
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The Clio R.S. 16 is based on a Clio R.S.
The Clio R.S. 16 has the engine, transmission and cooling system of the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R
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The Clio R.S. 16 has the engine, transmission and cooling system of the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R
The Clio R.S. 16 has a 2.0-l turbo engine
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The Clio R.S. 16 has a 2.0-l turbo engine
The Clio R.S. 16 produces 275 hp (205 kW) and 360 Nm of torque
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The Clio R.S. 16 produces 275 hp (205 kW) and 360 Nm of torque
The Clio R.S. 16 is the highest performance Renault Sport road car ever
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The Clio R.S. 16 is the highest performance Renault Sport road car ever
The exhaust system of the Clio R.S. 16 was revised to accommodate the engine
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The exhaust system of the Clio R.S. 16 was revised to accommodate the engine
The Clio R.S. 16 has a Akrapovic twin exhaust system
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The Clio R.S. 16 has a Akrapovic twin exhaust system
The suspension and cooling system of the Clio R.S. 16 have been tuned
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The suspension and cooling system of the Clio R.S. 16 have been tuned
The Clio R.S. 16 sits on 19-in wheels and the body is 60-mm (2.4-in) wider than that of the Clio R.S.
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The Clio R.S. 16 sits on 19-in wheels and the body is 60-mm (2.4-in) wider than that of the Clio R.S.
The yellow and black color scheme of the Clio R.S. 16 has been pulled over from the Renault F1 team
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The yellow and black color scheme of the Clio R.S. 16 has been pulled over from the Renault F1 team
"Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials," says managing director of Renault Sport Cars Patrice Ratti
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"Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials," says managing director of Renault Sport Cars Patrice Ratti
The development of the Clio R.S. 16 involved both motorsport and road car teams
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The development of the Clio R.S. 16 involved both motorsport and road car teams
The Clio R.S. 16 is designed to have a sporty look
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The Clio R.S. 16 is designed to have a sporty look
The development of the Clio R.S. 16 took just five months
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The development of the Clio R.S. 16 took just five months

Renault has unveiled a new concept car to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Sport arm and its return to Formula 1. The Clio R.S. 16 sees Renault's highest performing engine dropped into a Clio R.S., resulting in the the highest performance Renault Sport road car ever.

"Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials," says managing director of Renault Sport Cars Patrice Ratti, who goes on to explain that, while producing a Clio R.S. powered by the firm's most powerful engine was an exciting prospect, the carmaker first had to check that it was actually feasible.

Fortunately it was, and the development of the Clio R.S. 16 took just five months. Renault puts this short development time down to new working procedures, which involved both motorsport and road car teams.

Based on a Clio R.S., the concept features the engine, transmission and cooling system of the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R. The 2.0-l turbo engine produces 275 hp (205 kW) and 360 Nm (266 ft-lb) of torque.

The yellow and black color scheme of the Clio R.S. 16 has been pulled over from the Renault F1 team
The yellow and black color scheme of the Clio R.S. 16 has been pulled over from the Renault F1 team

The exhaust system was revised to accommodate the engine, with a Akrapovic twin exhaust system fitted and the car's suspension and cooling system tuned. In addition, the car sits on 19-in wheels and the body is 60-mm (2.4-in) wider than that of the Clio R.S.

Elsewhere, the yellow and black color scheme of the Clio R.S. 16 has been pulled over from the Renault F1 car. At the front, the F1 blade has been reworked and added, while an aerofoil has been brought in from the Clio Cup. Other rally car parts have also been used and others made from scratch.

The Clio R.S. 16 was unveiled on the Monaco Grand Prix street circuit today.

The video below provides an insight into the project.

Source: Renault

Clio R.S. 16 Genesis

2 comments
Ronald Chappell
The efficiency and cost figures caught my interest as well as the stylish rendition of the prototype. Tho I'm sure your PR puff piece disabused me of any notion that you are really talking about a production of the prototype presented, I could have held my attention to a shorter factual description of what ever it was that you were talking about.
Arahant
Awww was hoping this would be a production car. I really liked it but probably wouldnt have watched if I knew it was a prototype, but I always watch the videos first before reading.