Renault Actually Considering Production Of Hot Zoe RS

2 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 12

Renault ZOE E-Sport

Renault ZOE E-Sport

Fingers crossed that it will make it!

The pint-sized Zoe is far from being the most exciting electric car out there, but it’s a whole different story with the bonkers E-Sport concept. Unveiled earlier this year in Geneva, the zero-emissions city car had a pair of electric motors good for a combined output of close to 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and a torquetastic 472 pound-feet (640 Newton-meters).

Renault ZOE E-Sport

As it turns out, Renault Sport is actually analyzing the prospects of coming out with a high-performance Zoe that would carry the “RS” suffix. In an interview with Autocar, the go-faster division’s boss, Patrice Ratti, admitted “we are thinking about doing a Zoe RS but it is a big study that will take time.” He went on to specify the hot e-hatch is being considered thanks primarily to the developments made in battery technology, thus making the Zoe RS a feasible project worthy of being evaluated for a potential production model.

If green-lighted, the Zoe RS (see render here) will go through some significant changes compared to the concept. Besides being subjected to steering and chassis modifications, the batteries would also have to be tweaked in order to boost range over the E-Sport, which had enough juice for a mere 15 minutes while being driven at full throttle. For the sake of comparison, the regular Zoe ZE 40 you can actually buy can cover up to 250 miles (400 kilometers) between charges as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Should the road-going model get even close to the concept’s performances, it’s going to be a little electric beast. Renault Sport said the showcar would do 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 3.2 seconds. Top speed was electronically capped at 130 mph (210 kph), a process which took less than 10 seconds from a standstill.

Renault ZOE E-Sport

But Renault Sport has bigger fish to fry right now as it’s gearing up to introduce the all-new Megane RS. Slated to debut on September 12, the newest performance model carrying the diamond logo will premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Source: Autocar

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12 responses to "Renault Actually Considering Production Of Hot Zoe RS"

  1. Andrew Stump says:

    If they do, I’m moving to Europe lol

  2. JR says:

    I hope so!
    It would kick all the small GTI in the but. Go Renault GO….

  3. Jacked Beanstalk says:

    Ok GM, this is your cue to unleash a Bolt SS at next year’s auto show.

  4. Mil says:

    Awesome move by Renault. This would certainly bring some thrill seekers to the EV world who would ordinarily not be interested in EVs at all.

  5. James says:

    I will find a way to import this car if they make it. This is the EV I’ve been waiting for, unless VW gets off their butt and makes me an electric GTI.

    1. Bogdan says:

      They will make an electric ICE…

  6. unlucky says:

    If they make it, be sure it won’t make more power than the Bolt anyway. European standards for power start lower and so there’s plenty of room for an RS that isn’t particularly hot.

    The Fiat 500 Abarth is considered very exotic in Europe. But it only does 0-62 in 6.9 seconds and has 160HP.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      You need to visit Europe if you think a Fiat 500 of any kind is considered exotic there…or maybe you exaggerated a bit.

  7. WARREN says:

    I want this now…

  8. Mark.ca says:

    I would so buy this if it came in this design … unfortunately by the time they finish the design for the production car it will look alot different and probably dorky like the rest.

  9. Asak says:

    On the one hand it sounds cool. On the other hand, 0-130 in 10 seconds sounds dangerous as hell. I can see plenty of wanna-be race car drivers just flooring it with it ending badly.

  10. Chris says:

    i3s is coming very soon. Bolt/ampera-e sport can’t be far behind… then this???

    let e-hatch competition begin!

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