Last week, Renault unveiled the fifth-gen Clio that, despite using a revamped version of its predecessor’s platform, boasts completely new exterior and interior design.
As usual, at first the new Clio will launch with a number of petrol and diesel engines. But the one petrolheads are more interested about is the next RS.
Since the new Clio adopts more than a few styling cues from the Megane, it’s not that difficult to imagine how the upcoming RS will look like. Just fuse the overall design of the all-new Clio with the Megane RS’ distinctive features, and… there you have it.
And that’s exactly what XTomi’s interpretation of the French hot hatch looks like, with a sportier body kit on the outside, a Megane RS-like grille and lighting signature, and a set of large wheels with a Y-spoke pattern.
KleberSilva, on the other hand, went for a more discreet makeover, with a red paint and less black accents on the outside, and gives us a digital look into the athletic rear end, which carries over the same bumper, diffuser and exhaust tip design of the Megane RS, only on a smaller scale.
There have been reports that the next Clio RS might get even closer to its larger sibling by adopting the same engine, albeit with less power. The 1.8-liter turbo-four that powers that compact hot hatch makes as much as 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) in the Megane RS Trophy, and 20 PS (20 hp / 15 kW) less in the normal version.
A de-tuned version is used in the Alpine A110, where it pushes out 252 PS (248 hp / 185 kW).