This unusual pocket-sized supercar was first registered on 1st November 2002. This is one of just 1513 built. These desirable Phase 1 models were built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) in Uddevalla, Sweden from 2001-2003. Some manufacturer's were keeping their punitive engines in the front and squeezing in turbos to generate their power. Renault? No. Just stick a V6 on the back seat. C'est naturel! Voila!
Who could deny that just following this little beast's rear end, is enough to make other car drivers feel that they are in some kind of GT race. It looks straight from the track. The rarer Trophy model was pretty much that. Honest examples like this 'Phase 1' in good condition are becoming scarce and this one looks to be a great buy. Drive and enjoy or put away for a while. It’s great value as a future classic.
Renault Sport is responsible for some creative designs when it comes to the sports versions of Renault’s mainstream line-up. When you see this car on the road, you certainly take notice. It couldn’t be further from the original concept of this cute little French hatchback.
The car has a stamped service book and a full-service history up to 78,292 miles and was last serviced and MOT’d on 16th October 2018. The engine number is F1188636. The car has had 4 owners plus the current owner. The Clio V6 was based on the Clio Mk II, though it shares very few parts with that car. The 3.0 60° V6 ES9 engine, sourced from the PSA group was upgraded to around 227BHP; that gave it a 0-60 time in just 6.2 seconds. Top speed was 146 MPH. This is the spiritual ancestor to the Renault 5 Turbo of the early 1980s.
It’s creative design, in the sense that you won’t have to imagine what a V6 in a little Clio can do, over the quarter mile, however, you will have to imagine the rear seats. Renault Sport must have created a stock pile of spare Clio rear bench seats back in 2001, when they started production of the Clio V6 Phase 1.
This Renault Clio V6 is silver with sports seats and is a great example of a fast appreciating modern classic
Nothing much to see here. The Clio Sport was all about the grunt on the back seat rather than style in the front. Even the stock steering wheel is neglected in the cause of ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ V6 fun. This car has upgraded the wheel to something a little more ready for the track than the school run. It's a nice Momo as well. All is in good condition.
An improvised engine cover and fire wall sit where the shopping bags and kids would go. Well, there was no way the V6 lump would have gone into the front engine bay. The great news is that it makes this a mid-engine set-up. Think amazing handling and balance.
“Ah, I think we better put the shopping in the front footwell dear”