New Clio Renaultsport will receive 1.6-litre turbo power
It is expected to develop more than the current car's 200bhp
Power will be fed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or optional dual-clutch auto
The RS, like the standard Clio, will be five-door only
Renault's design team has worked hard to give the five door a sleek three-door look
The Clio RS is expected to go on sale next year
The 2013 Renault Clio Renaultsport has been spied testing on the streets around the Nürburgring.
Although no official announcement has been made, it is expected the Clio RS will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, producing more than 200bhp. This means an end to the high-revving 2.0-litre motor fitted to the current Clio Renaultsport 200.
The engine is expected to be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a dual-clutch automatic.
Unlike the previous hot Clios, the new Renaultsport will be offered as a five-door model only, mirroring the single configuration of the standard car. Renault design boss, Laurens van den Acker promised the car will have the look of a three door. Our largely undisguised spy shots show the door handles hidden in the C-pillars.
Renault has remained tight-lipped on performance, revealing only that it will offer more power than the outgoing car.
The Clio Renaultsport will be joined by a warm variant, likely to be badged Clio GT. It is expected to be powered by the same 133bhp 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine as the Twingo Renaultsport. A 1.5 dCi diesel unit could also be offered. The styling is likely to closely mirror that of the Renaultsport.