Great pedigree: the Renault Clio R. S. 16 has the better parts of the Renault sport… and change manual!

the surprise of The day has been without doubt the new Renault Clio R. S. 16. A prototype presented by Renault as an appetizer in the Monaco Grand Prix and as a star of French at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This project of a group of engineers from Renault Sport has been developed in secret for months, and in a video posted today to tell us the secrets of this Renault Clio hipervitaminado. For example, the parts that have been taken from other Renault sports. And if you look well you will see that… you have a manual gearbox!

What is coming a tremendous escalation of power in the segment of sport utility? Think wrong and right.

For a start, Renault Sport warns us, that have been produced two units of the Clio RS 16. The first of them is in Monaco and the second continues its development in parallel. Does this mean that it will be sold as a limited edition? Would make a lot of sense that the Renault Clio RS 16 to follow in the footsteps of the Renault Mégane R26.R or, more recently, Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R, both of a very limited print run. I am sure that all of their production would be sold even prior to the first deliveries.


Because the Renault Clio RS 16 has the best pedigree possible. In the first place, leads the engine 2.0 turbo of the Megane RS Trophy-R, a propellant with which the coupe dropped below eight minutes at the Nürburgring. What is not mentioned in any part but it is obvious, is that the Renault Clio RS 16 carries a manual gearbox. Is the only Renault Clio RS with manual gearbox, the same unit of six relations of the Mégane. Take a look when you have the car on a dyno, or they are holding the steering wheel. There are No cams, and there is a shift lever normal.

It is only a prototype, but we will not be surprised if Renault produced a limited production run. Renault, we ask please.

Possibly not are interested to advertise in excess of time – that the purists do not even have the option to manual gearbox on a Renault Clio RS. Be that as it may, the Clio RS 16 also inherited from the Megane sports your front axle the full and the powerhouse Brembo braking, with front discs perforated 350 mm in diameter, mounted on the inside of wheels of 18 inches. Do you understand now the need of those flared wheel arches? The track width of this rocket pocket is much higher.

Not a few headaches has given this adaptation. Fortunately, it has been easier to mount the torsion bar of the Renault Clio R3T competition in the rear axle. Or the wing of that same rally car. The box of the address and other mechanical components have been created ex profeso for the Renault Clio RS 16, and its implementation still continues on the premises of Renault Sport. It is a amazing news that the French still dare to risk in this way, by launching a product so strange and deranged.

Does the sports utility perfect? Manual, almost 300 HP and possibly a limited-slip… dreaming is for free with this awesome Clio RS 16.

Or at least showing the intention of doing so. No real data about its performance or acceleration, but be sure that flying through the air to all your competition, and quite possibly nervous to sport with all the letters. If Renault enters the Green Hell with this missile, I assure you that the record of front wheel drive vehicles would fall. Sorry, Volkswagen. Then, we leave you with a brief video in which listening to the actual sound of the car in Monaco.

Only lasts 8 seconds, but Kevin Magnussen demonstrates how powerful and fast it is. A seen and not seen, that has been accompanied by other legends of Renault Sport – special mention to Jean Ragnotti and his Renault 5 RS Turbo – in this mythical path of monaco.