Renault Clio V6 for sale: The mid-engined hot hatch

Today's hot hatchbacks pump out some serious power, but none offer a 3.0-litre V6. This Renault Clio V6 puts one slap-bang in the middle of the car

We wouldn’t blame you for ignoring a story about an old Renault Clio, unless it’s our Bangernomics Clio that is, but this one is a bit special. While a Clio Williams is respected and many RenaultSport incarnations loved, this Renault Clio V6 is often feared. Can you tame the hottest of hot hatches? Norman’s Pond has one up for auction.

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Developed by legendary motorsport team Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the Renault Clio V6 is a road going variant of the Clio V6 Trophy racer that populated a one-make series. While it does share some parts with a regular MK2 Clio, you only need to take one look at this hatchback's swollen bodywork and gaping intakes to understand that TWR totally re-engineered this car.

A 3.0-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine was mounted in the middle of this hatchback, behind the front seats and in place of the rear bench. The big engine initially gave this little car 227bhp that was then channelled to the rear wheels.

Positive steering and great traction made this Renault a more engaging alternative to the similarly priced Audi TT of its day. However, this combination of a short wheelbase, mid-engine layout, and rear-wheel drive made for a tricky car when pushed hard.

A later Phase 2 model bumped power up to 252bhp and lowered its 0-60mph sprint from 6.2 to 5.9 seconds. However, these later cars weighed more due to more luxuries being fitted as standard.

The Clio V6 in question is one of just 1513 Phase 1 cars built by original creators Tom Walkinshaw Racing — Phase 2’s were built by RenaultSport. First registered on 1st November 2002, this silver example is in great condition with just over 78,000 miles on the clock and complete service history. With a V6 in the back there’s unsurprisingly no conventional boot, but this Clio might just be the only hot hatch boasting a sports car-style ‘frunk.’

Values of this curious modern classic are on the up with the price of of a respectable car being around £30,000. It’s certainly the most extreme hot hatchback to date, and one that resonates with fans of the classic Renault 5 Turbo.

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