Sport Clio V6
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17,000 CR
Model year: 2003
Performance Index: C 394
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Mid
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 251 HP (187 kW)
Torque: 221 lb ft (299 N·m)
Weight: 3086 lbs (1399 Kg)
Front: 40%
Displ: 2.9 L
Power/weight: 179 HP per ton

133 kW per ton

Renault virtually invented the mid-engined hatchback layout way back in 1980 with the Renault 5 Turbo, ripping out the rear seats and replacing it with a turbocharged engine and rear-wheel drive. The 5’s successor, the Clio, takes the formula to the next step by installing a torque-happy 3-liter V6 pulled from the large Laguna sedan. It’s not hard to see how a tiny car, with a very large engine in the middle, would be terribly quick, but it’s less easy to see how such a mash-up might work together. In summary, very well. The short wheelbase, good weight distribution, and engineering help courtesy of Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the Clio V6 manages to be very responsive and very quick. The car’s small faults—a gargantuan turning radius, for one, or the limited cargo capacity due to the massive engine where the groceries normally go—are inconsequential on the track, so in that respect the car is wonderful for track-day superstars. Whether it’s the ability of the Clio V6 to hunker down and power through turns, or simply the soundtrack provided by a sweet V6 behind your head, the Clio V6 is a satisfying performer.

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