Hot on the heels of the new Renault Sport Megane premiering, the performance division of the French manufacturer has once again expressed its interest in creating a number of RS-badged SUV and crossover models.
During a recent interview with Car Advice, Renault Sport Cars managing director Patrice Ratti said that there’s currently a market for such vehicles but that the marque would need to ensure they’re fitting of the RS name.
“There’s a market for it. Now the market is very upscale, you see Porsche, Lamborghini, Maserati there, so if we’re able to find a way to do it at Renault Sport prices, there’s probably a market for that.
“But it’s not an easy thing to do. If we do it we need to have good handling and enough power. Look at what happened with Porsche: most of their sales are now Cayenne and Macan, and it didn’t damage their brand because they did a good product,” Ratti said.
When one considers the staggering rate at which the performance SUV market has soared in popularity in recent years, it is actually surprising Renault Sport has yet to jump on the bandwagon.
There is a range of options for Renault Sport to sprinkle its magic on, namely the Captur, Koleos and Kadjar.