Really do not you just like it when a manufacturer throws away the rule book and builds a auto that looks totally out of position along with the relaxation of its line-up? Like Toyota turning its back again on ‘The Toyota Way’ with the GR Yaris, the Albert Biermann-formulated Kia Stinger and a Lexus-badged front-engine V10 supercar. And then, of program, there is the Renaultsport Clio V6, whose inception is each bit as barmy as its vast-arched silhouette would have you believe it is.
It all commences with a weird championship. The Renault Clio Cup is, or was, a spotlight of a BTCC weekend. It was a recipe for full chaos: fill a grid with (relatively) low-cost race-spec Clios, get a bunch of adolescents all wanting to demonstrate the world how proficient they are and pit them against every other on Britain’s very best circuits. It was a key achievement and when the next-era Clio arrived in the late 1990s, Renaultsport wished to create on the achievements of the Clio Cup by shaking up the method. Just a bit.
Legendary race vehicle builder Tom Walkinshaw Racing was called upon to shove a Laguna-sourced 2.9-litre V6 in the middle of Renault’s new supermini. The result was a vast-arched, shorter-wheelbase monster that would kind the a single-make Clio Trophy sequence. The natural way, spectators ended up blown away by the sight of the juiced-up supermini and (someway) some really neat folks at Renault had been ready to get senior customers to give the greenlight to a highway-heading edition.
Apparently, the to start with-era road-going Clio V6 would be assembled by TWR in Sweden, with creation shifting to Dieppe in France for the Section 2. This intended that the mid-motor Clio experienced a selfmade whiff about it, primarily on the inside of. TWR left the inside mainly unchanged, with the bog-standard Clio’s hilariously unsightly tri-spoke steering aluminium-look base to the gear lever. You get a established of Renaultsport seats from the Clio 172. And, nicely, that’s about it.
But none of that matters when you’ve primarily received a street-authorized Clio Trophy. Phase 1 examples made a not insignificant 230hp which, of program, was despatched exclusively to the rear wheels and managed by a 6-velocity handbook gearbox. Couple that with the Phase 1’s tiny wheelbase (prolonged for the Section 2) and substantially wider observe, and the Clio V6 founded a track record as being a bit of a handful in the corners. That, and there was no traction regulate to act as a basic safety subsequent when truth strike the fan. Not really hard to see why cult basic status beckoned.
Does that soften the blow of the price tag tag? Well, the Phase 1 we have here has sure had some of the perform finished. The earlier (and only) operator has had the front and rear subframes rebuilt, new struts and leading mounts, and experienced a new cambelt equipped. Which is just scratching the surface area of what is, plainly, a motor vehicle that appears to be to have been very effectively looked after. Which is partly why it’s up for £44,950. A reasonable bit extra than the (admittedly modified) example we featured a few of yrs in the past, but a rapid nose around the sector indicates price ranges have climbed quickly more than the past 18 months – and the V6 was in no way what you would get in touch with cheap. But it really is in no way been everything fewer than a modern basic either.
SPECIFICATION | RENAULT CLIO V6 Stage 1
Motor: 2,946cc V6
Transmission: 6-velocity handbook, rear-wheel push
Energy (hp): 230@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 221@3,750rpm
12 months registered: 2002
Recorded mileage: 55,000
Selling price new: £26,675
Yours for: £44,950