The Renault Clio RS is expected to reach production in 2013
The Clio RS's aero package includes a wider air intake than the standard car
This hot Clio RS will only be available as a five-door body
The handles for the rear doors are disguised within the C-pillar
Large side skirts are likely to feature on the finished production version
A turbocharged engine is likely to replace the 2.0-litre in the current car
Rear diffuser and exhaust treatment can be seen in this picture
A milder Clio Sport has also been spied testing in Germany
This car shares the five-door body style that will be standard across the range
Expect to see this variant next year too
Two hot versions of the Renault Clio have been spied testing for the first time. The Renault Clio Renaultsport and Sport models are expected to go on sale in 2013 or early 2014, following the launch of the standard fourth-generation supermini at the Paris motor show this September.
The two cars were captured by our spy photographers in Germany. Despite the disguise, the aerodynamic package for the top-line hot Clio RS can be clearly seen. It features a wide air intake in the front bumper, large side skirts and angled exhausts either side of the rear diffuser.
It isn't clear what engine will power the Clio RS, although Renault sources have previously indicated to Autocar that it is unlikely to retain the 197bhp two-litre unit from the third-generation car. A smaller capacity turbocharged engine seems more likely, but it is expected to have more power.
Speaking to Autocar at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, Renault's senior vice president of Global Marketing and Communications Stephen Norman said: “We will launch a Clio 4 RS that will have more power than the current Clio RS. Will it be more driveable? It won’t be less.”
The warm Clio Sport gets less-dramatic aerodynamic changes and more conventional exhausts.
The cars will only be available in five-door bodies when they reach production, but both will be part of Renault's over-arching aim of bringing "sexiness and sportiness" back to the brand.
Earlier this year Renault's design chief Laurens van den Acker told Autocar that the five-door will look just as sporty as a three-door, aided by rear door handles that are hidden in the C-pillars and give the car a three-door appearance at first glance.