Renault is making its hot hatches even hotter with the introduction of some hardcore enhancement accessories, via a new sub-brand called RS Performance. The company is showcasing the potential with a couple of special Clio RS hatches.
Think of it as like BMW’ M Performance parts or Toyota’s TRD accessories. The aim is to offer a range of exciting parts that “capture the essence of track racing”. So, they’re talking about very aggressive aero kits with big front and rear spoilers, and even hardcore upgrades such as an exposed carbon fibre bonnet.
There’s also a bespoke exhaust package, higher-performance brakes, more serious suspension for track day enthusiasts, and uprated brakes. We’re not sure about tyre options but the company does mention special ‘Turini’ lightweight wheels. Speaking about the new sub-brand, Guillaume Calvar, RS Performance project manager at Renault Sport Cars, said:
“RS Performance is a product offering that bridges the gap between sports and racing cars. It is our way of giving track enthusiasts everything they need to customise their Renault Sport vehicle and make it a beautiful, high-performance track day car. And they can now do that with the guarantee of Renault Sport quality and service.”
Renault is planning to launch a range of enhancements for “most RS models” in the future. There’s also plans for classic merchandise, special workshop products such as toolsets and limited edition garage jack and spray guns, and other enthusiast-minded accessories.
At this stage it’s unknown if Renault is looking to push this as a global offering or if it’s just for Europe. We’ll be sure to keep you updated in relation to any Aussie news.