A more hardcore version of the Renault Clio Renaultsport could be on the cards, a senior Renault executive has hinted.
Renault vice-president of product planning, Philippe Klein said, “There were some people who criticised the car early on and then when they drove it they changed their minds completely. That didn't apply to everyone; some people still think it is perhaps a bit too easy to drive, not rough enough.”
The criticism Klein refers to relates to the fact the current car doesn't have the option of a manual gearbox and is widely considered not to be as much fun to drive hard as the Ford Fiesta ST. Klein said any revisions to the Clio RS would come from customer requests.
“Ultimately we will listen to the customers," he said. "We can revise and change things as time goes on. We will redo the car through time, of course, and perhaps there will be some specific versions that will happen.”
When asked if the new Clio Renaultsport was intended to broaden the car’s appeal, Klein said, “Yes, but equally, the objective was not to forget those who prefer a more radical approach.”