Renault is one of the oldest automobile companies in the world – established in 1899 by Louis Renault and his brothers. That’s why we just had to have one of it’s craziest creations in our garage. A first generation Clio V6. A rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout hot hatch based on the Renault Clio launched in 2001. Designed by  Renault but built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The mid-engined, wide-body concept reminiscent of the 1980s Renault 5 Turbo. In order to accommodate the radical change from front-engine, front-wheel drive hatchback to mid-engine, rear-wheel drive two-seater quasi-coupé, the car had to be extensively reworked structurally, leading to the Phase 1 version being some 300 kg (660 lb) heavier than the sportiest “regular” Clio, the 172 Cup. Due to this, even though the V6 model has significantly more power, it is not remarkably faster in a straight line accelerating to legal road speeds than the 172 Cup – accelerating to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 seconds compared to the Cup’s 6.7 seconds – though its maximum speed is significantly higher (146 mph compared to 138 mph). The raw sound of the V6 engine just behind the driver and RWD made the driving experience very different to the normal front engined front wheel drive car, of course. Although the car was quite hard to handle due to its short wheelbase, mid engine layout and limited front wheel lock. It was described by everyone – from racing drivers to journalists as a ‘handful’ but Evo Magazine also deemed it a modern classic. And that is precisely why we own one.

Nazwa modelu

Engine: 2946cm3/V6 petrol
Power & Torque: 226PS/300NM
Maximum Speed: 235km/h
0-100km: 6,4 sec
Year: 2002