Renault is reportedly designing a heir to the iconic Clio Williams hot hatch that was unveiled in 1993. Billed as a range-topping version of the Renaultsport-tuned Clio, it will make its debut in 2014 at the earliest.
Like the original Clio Williams, the new model will be exclusively offered in a discreet dark blue paint job and fitted with contrasting gold rims. It will likely feature a stiffer suspension than the regular Clio RS 200 and its chassis will be similar to the one that underpins the recently-unveiled Clio Cup.
While the car's name will allude to the partnership between Renault and Williams in Formula 1 racing, it is not clear whether or not the latter will play a part in the car's development.
The modifications carried out to the Williams' interior will include dark blue and gold trim and a numbered plaque on the dash. Two bucket seats and Renault's all-new infotainment system will come standard.
At the heart of the Clio Williams will be the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill that is found under the hood of the Clio RS 200 but its output will be pushed to at least 220 horsepower with modifications such as a remapped ECU. Buyers will be asked to choose between a manual and a dual-clutch gearbox.
If the rumor proves to be true, Renault will release a set of official details about the Clio Williams in the days leading up to next year's Geneva Motor Show.