The French edition of Evo magazine believes that Renault Sport engineers have managed to squeeze 250hp out of the Clio RS’ turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine.
The 30 additional ponies will allow the hatchback to hit 0-100km/h (0-60mph) from a stop in less than 6.6 sec, and to go on to a top speed of over 235km/h (146 mph). The turbo 4-cyl will continue to spin the front wheels via a dual-clutch automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles.
The extra power will be complemented by bigger brakes on both axles, by a more direct steering rack, and by a firmer suspension. It’s too early to tell whether the mechanical upgrades will be accompanied by other changes such as a facelift. The standard fourth-generation Clio is scheduled to get a mid-cycle update later this year, but we’d be surprised if the new look is inaugurated by a low-volume variant like the RS.
The more extreme Clio will allegedly make its debut during this year’s edition of the Monaco Grand Prix. The race will take place next week, so we won’t have to wait long to find out if Renault Sport put the Clio on steroids, for now it’s simply a rumor.