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Renault Clio V6

By Tim DeLong - 04-29-2015



The original Renault Clio was introduced in 2001 as a front engined, front wheel drive city car for the mundane task of driving to and from work, maybe even commuting along the French coast for a holiday in Nice. It was a nice civil little four door city car that fit the needs of the general public. But what about the not so general public? Those with a desire for speed and go-kart like handling?

Just two years into the Clio’s production run, Renault teamed with Le Mans winning English car design firm Tom Walkinshaw Racing to give the petrolheads what they wanted, One of the most brilliant hot hatches to ever come out of a country known for its arches and tower thingy.

The Renault Clio V6 was born. The first issue TWR addressed in the rethinking of the standard Clio was to remove the back seat and in its place, install an engine. The choice was made to use a 24 valve 2946cc V6 producing around 227 hp in the TWR, or “Phase 1” cars. Handling left a bit to be desired with most drivers complaining of massive oversteer.

For the “Phase 2” versions of the Clio V6, Porsche was brought in to give the engine a bit more power. 25 extra horsepower, to be exact. The suspension also received additional attention from TWR giving the Phase 2 Clios better handling than the earlier versions.

The top speed of the little two seaters was impressive. The Phase 1 cars topped out at 146 mph while the Phase 2 cars were capable of 153 mph. This was thanks, in part, to the slippery styling done by Finnish company Valmet. Valmet created the wide stance, fender flares, and side scoop that seem to pay homage to the Clio’s predecessor, the Renault R5 Turbo.

 

 

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