After we drooled over Renault’s E-Sport Concept in Geneva for the last several days, X-Tomi Design has cooked up a better meal. We’re talking about the Zoe RS, a reimagined version of the Zoe embodying the RenaultSport division’s more extreme “personality” that is also more practical. That being said, it has more realistic features which we think are more “doable” in case Renault decides it wants to build a production version of the Zoe concept.
First of all, X-Tomi got rid of the Zoe E-Sport concept’s rear door, front fender and side air intake design. Instead, the rendering artist uses its own take on the bumper along with the new checkered themed-LED lights to complete the new look.
X-Tomi obviously got some inspiration from the Clio RS especially for the LED lights and its new set of alloy wheels. Nevertheless, we think the Zoe RS as a whole is much better than the E-Sport concept that graced the Geneva Motor Show. Now if only Renault would have the RS badge on the Zoe. We’re seriously pining for this.
We guess the issue with the Zoe E-Sport Concept is that it is very unrealistic to begin with. The 456hp promises to fly from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 130 miles per hour. When in fact, a Formula E race car should not go beyond the 270hp limit.
The concept is also a two-seater configuration sports car with a Formula 1-inspired steering wheel and carbon fiber body shell. Renault has pulled away its interior to make room for the racing seats and clutter-free dashboard. Clearly not everyone’s cup of tea.
The extraordinary exterior meanwhile presents aggressively designed front air intakes along with a mean-looking covered taillights and side air vents in carbon trim finish. Using Öhlins adjustable dampers, the E-Sport Concept is relatively lower as compared with the stock Zoe. The fact that it bears similarities with Renault’s Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R make it seem too good to be real.
Years from now, the Zoe will be sharing its platform with the Nissan Leaf. We’re referring to the regular Zoe, not the concept or this RS version we have right here. What we’re not sure of is whether the two models will share the same size. Still, it is more probable for the Zoe to be upsized to match the Nissan Leaf’s larger configuration than the current EV having to reduce its size for the Zoe.