Renault is here to blow your mind: say hello to the RS 01 supercar.
Perhaps that should read “Renault is here to break your heart: say hello to the track-only RS 01 supercar.”
Yes, this powerfully styled coupe is destined for a life of racing, exclusively, and you won’t be seeing it on a public road anytime soon. If ever.
(Of course, we can at least hang onto some hope that Renault’s coming Alpine sports car will share its muscular proportions and sleek profile… - Ed.)
Revealed this week ahead of its debut in the 2015 Renault Sport Trophy championship of the company’s World Series, the styling influences of the RS 01 are clear.
“We could describe it as a marriage between the beauty of the Renault DeZir concept and the performance of Formula Renault 3.5,” Renault Sport Technologies boss Patrice Ratti says.
We can also see the RS 01 as a ‘final version’ of the 2012 A110-50 concept, revealed as an evolution of the DeZir - and, ostensibly, a preview of the reborn Alpine brand’s plans.
It’s no surprise then that power in the RS 01 is provided by Nismo’s 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6.
Derived from the hero Nissan GT-R, the turbo engine churns out “more than” 373kW and 600Nm of torque.
The big mill is mated to a Sadev seven-speed sequential shifter, and Renault Sport says it will propel the RS 01 to a top speed well beyond 300km/h.
Sounds tasty? Indeed. Now, let’s get into Renault’s ear about a road-going version…
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