The Renault Clio RS 16 concept revealed earlier this year could make it to production, albeit in limited numbers, a new report claims.
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According to French website Caradisiac, Renault will make an official announcement at the Paris motor show in October.

The report claims production will be limited to 500 units, with a price tag of around 40,000 euros ($59,186). By comparison, the current Clio RS 220 Trophy flagship retails for $39,990 plus on-road costs.

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Sitting under the RS 16’s bonnet is the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the larger Megane RS 275 Trophy R, producing a meaty 201kW of power and 360Nm of torque, channelled through a six-speed manual transmission.

However, in order to make the Clio RS 16 production-ready, Renault will need to modify the front axle in order to fit the larger 2.0-litre powerplant into an engine bay that was developed around a 1.6-litre unit.

Performance figures were not released for the concept revealed in Monaco, though it’s a reasonable assumption the RS 16 will be significantly quicker than the current RS 220’s 6.6-second 0-100km/h claim.

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Such a hi-po Clio would give the brand a spiritual successor to the manic 2001 Clio V6, which squeezed a 3.0-litre V6 into the rear of the light hatch, giving it a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

Generating 169kW/300Nm in Phase 1 and 188kW/300Nm in Phase 2 forms, the Clio V6 was capable in hitting 100km/h from a standstill in under six seconds on its way to a top speed of over 240km/h.

Patrice Ratti, managing director of Renault Sport, said the RS 16’s development team drew inspiration from the V6-engined Clio, when the concept was revealed in May.

“We all recalled the impact made by the Clio V6. We wanted to create a technical concept car with extraordinary performance levels, but which was more realistically priced,” he said.

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Design elements of the RS 16 have trickled down into the regular range as well, with the recently-revealed 2017 Clio RS adopting the RS 16’s front bumper design and chequered flag-shaped LED foglights.

Stay tuned for more Renault Clio RS 16 updates as part of our coverage at the 2016 Paris motor show.