Back in the early '90s, Renault and Williams were dominating Formula One, and their success spilled over into one of the most celebrated hot hatches of all time. And now that the two are getting back together for the 2012 season, rumors are afoot that they'll collaborate on a revival that could prove one very tasty beast indeed.

Keen to avoid simply cashing in on – or cheapening – the name, Renault isn't likely to slap on a new coat of paint and some special badges (much as it did with the Gordini brand) and call it a day. Instead, word on the street is that the new Clio Williams could pack as much as 240 horsepower.

That's significantly more than the current Renaulsport Clio's 197 horses, and comes within striking distance of its big brother, the 247-hp Renaultsport Megane. The package could also include a chassis setup based on the RS Clio Cup, but with the Sachs dampers from the more hardcore 2005 Clio Trophy and the brakes and rolling stock from the Nürburgring-conquering Megane Trophy.

With an all-new Clio coming around the bend next year, the Williams edition could prove the ultimate send-off for one of Europe's favorite hot hatches.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Renault, About calling you guys "cheese eating surrender monkeys." Yeah, I'm sorry. Can you please sell your wonderful cars over here now? Thanks
      Rok Avsec
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the engine remains the same (probably will, cause its the same model), 2.0 liter NA, then they will have to do some serious business to tune it to 240hp. This isn't some turbo engine, where a simple ECU modification can bring you 50 or more HP..
        Krishan Mistry
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Rok Avsec
        Maybe they can increase the displacement slightly by boring and stroking to 2.4 if possible, but I doubt it. Most likely they will simply rev the bollocks out of it like the original honda s2000 redlining at 9000rpm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They will create another hot-hatch monster
      • 4 Years Ago
      240hp in that little thing OMG that is gonna be a rocket