Renault has let the cat out of the bag; its new Clio RS hot hatch has bobbed-up in front of TMR's spy photographers this week without a shred of camouflage.
While the RS has been spied a number of times in testing, these new images offer a first look at the new performer's final styling.
The indisguised appearance of these new prototypes follows the official unveiling earlier this year of the regular 2013 Clio range.
We can see here - and in recent spy photos - that the RS will wear the customary sports kit, including unique bumpers with larger intakes and vents, along with bigger wheels and a twin-exhaust arrangement at the rear.
Technical details of the new model remain a secret for now, although reports out of Europe suggest the 2013 RS will draw power from a version of the the Nissan Juke's turbocharged 1.6 litre engine, producing around 150kW.
With the current engine already developing 147.5kW, the change will be focused more on fuel economy and emissions rather than a boost in power.
Setting the new model apart from its predecessor, the 2013 Clio RS is expected to be offered in five-door form only, but with pillar-mounted rear door-handles and sloping roofline to create a two-door look.
Watch for the new Clio range to debut at September's Paris Motor Show, with the RS to follow sometime after.
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