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Meet Renault's vision for the ultimate hot hatch. First displayed at the weekend's Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the Clio RS 16 celebrates the brand's performance heritage by blending the best attributes of its two hot hatches.
Starting with the svelte body of the compact Clio hatch, Renault engineers ditched that car's turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission in favour of a more powerful 2.0-litre motor from the range-topping Megane RS 275.
The result is a machine that offers 205kW and 360Nm performance in a fun-sized package.
The RS 16 also brings the Megane's conventional manual transmission and limited slip differential arrangement that should make the concept much more engaging than a conventional Clio.
Finished in the same shade of yellow as the brand's latest Formula One machinery, the Clio features 19-inch wheels, a 60mm-wider body, twin-outlet Akrapovic exhausts and fog lights in the shape of Renault Sport's chequered flag logo.
Officially a concept for now, the Clio RS 16 will next appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before making a likely appearance at the Paris motor show.
Renault hasn't said whether the Clio is in consideration for production, though it's unlikely hot hatch fans would reject such a compelling product.