Renault reveals RS plans

Renault reveals future RS plans
5 Mar, 2013 6:25pm Chris Ebbs

The boss of Renaultsport Technologies has revealed details of the next-generation Megane RS

Renault has revealed details of its plans for future models in the Renaultsport range, as well as what we can expect from the next Megane RS.

Speaking to Auto Express, Patrice Ratti, head of Renaultsport Technologies, revealed that the performance side-arm was already working on the next model and that it could follow in the footsteps of the Clio 200, with an automatic gearbox and downsized engine.

"We are pleased with the double-clutch gearbox, so we will probably go in that direction," he said. "With the Megane RS you needs lots of power and torque. We also need to use an engine that already exists in the brand. This could be a 2.0-litre still, or even a 1.8-litre."

Ratti also revealed that the manufacturer is looking to have four or five RS model with the next four to five years. This is likely to include the Clio, Megane and Twingo, which is also set to be replaced next year. However, Ratti wouldn't be drawn on whether this would include an RS version of the Renault Captur, although a spokesman claimed that it isn't unfeasible given the recent introduction of the Nissan Juke Nismo.

Renault is also looking to expand the markets for the RS range. With 30 per cent of sales currently outside of Europe, mainly in Japan and Australia, it will look at the possibility of selling cars in the emerging markets.