Punchy Renault Zoe RS May Arrive Before 2020

We first heard about the possibility of a hot Renault Zoe RS in April and now, the French company has provided additional information about the potential future of the model.

Speaking to Autocar, Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti confirmed that a punchy prototype of the firm’s all-electric supermini has already been built, following on from the debut of the 460 hp Zoe e-sport concept at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

“We are thinking about doing a Zoe RS but it is a big study that will take time. The performance of batteries has improved [to the point] that it is now feasible, which certainly wasn’t the case a few years ago. So the studies have begun,” Ratti confirmed.

The executive said that one of the key challenges of creating a Zoe RS will be ensuring that it matches the remarkable handling of Renault Sport models from the past.

“A Renault Sport car also needs to handle well and that is the challenge. To have the weight of the batteries and still achieve the agility we pride ourselves on is a tough task,” he said.

While developing such a vehicle will certainly be a challenge, actually selling it and making it a viable option for performance car enthusiasts will be something else entirely. If the Zoe RS does become a reality, Renault will also have to price it competitively against ICE-powered alternatives.

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  • Tumbi Mtika

    Y’know, if they do in fact, make this happen, awesomeness INTACT, they could find an angle to sell this as an Infiniti.

    We all know now (mostly) gulible the American populace is. Infiniti could pretty easily explain the front as a “new special design ethos befitting their incoming wave of electric vehicles”, or something along those lines.
    Infinti would love it, because it gives them an ACTUAL performance vehicle with a relatively cheap price, befitting of their slogan, “Empower the drive”. Enthusiasts would love it for its instant power delivery and fun factor(and if they’re married the fact that it has a hatch and five seats so the missus doesn’t get mad), plus they get what could have been a forbidden fruit. And pretentious ***holes will love it, because they get to say that they are “saving the earth”, giving them another thing to brag about, along with doing crossfit, running marathons, and going vegan.

    The perfect crowd pleaser.

    • BobV12

      Dude I want one so bad since day one they could brand it as a Dacia and I would still want one.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Exactly! This looks epic!

  • fabri99

    One of the few electric cars I’d probably like to own. Istant classic? Hopefully.

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