Autocar first reported plans for a Renault Zoe RS in 2017, after the creation of the 460bhp Renault Zoe e-sport concept car - officially a nod to Renault’s involvement in Formula E - but the model has not yet come to fruition.
Renault product planning boss Ali Kassai said: “Society is changing so fast. We need to find a way to make passion of performance cars socially acceptable. I believe Renault is best placed to find that way because of our history as a leader in EVs and one of the historic players in performance cars.”
He continued: “We have been thinking about this for a long time. It will happen the day when the technology road blocks are removed. This means high performance but also sustainability of performance and making economic sense.”
Asked how soon we might expect a hot electric Renault, Kassai said: “It has to be short, because we were the leader in EVs, so we need to keep up the pace. I hope in three years.”
Kassai also said Renault wants to continue its traditional Renault RS line for as long as feasibly possible. “We will not let our fan club down,” he said. “As long as we can offer these cars, regulatory-wise, we will.”