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Renault Clio V6

Broadcast dates : 13th November 2005
19th November 2005

The latest Renault Clio V6 comes from a long line of mad Renaults which began in the 1980s with the Renault 5 Turbo, another mid-engined monster.

This second-generation Clio V6 has been refined somewhat, after the first modelís rather vicious oversteer.

But with hot Laguna power in a small body, it still demands both driver circumspection and by-stander attention. But the interior isnít quite a match for the exterior.

What the Clio V6 needs inside is some bright seat panels, a sportier steering wheel, and perhaps a four-point harness to give it some edge. Itís only the gearshift surround that hints at something special.

On the other hand, the obvious mid-engined configuration makes any cosmetic trickery a secondary consideration.

The engine note is gorgeous. The V6 will rev to around 7000, but perhaps performance is not quite up to those outrageous looks.

The steering, unfortunately, offers no road feel at all.

High-speed motoring doesnít inspire confidence with the light steering, but the high-pitched engine yowl makes for a fun ride.

So just how good is the Clio V6? Its performance is at a quasi-Porsche level, yet on The Reef, a well-sorted Golf GTi would stay very close.
The mid-engined layout is good for ultimate grip in theory. But with the over-assisted steering itís very difficult to sense the limits in this monsterised Renault.

With a bit more chassis development and another 30 kiloWatts so that the performance matches the visuals, the Clio V6 would make the cut. As it is, it remains a curiosity.

Renault Clio Sport V6
  • Engine: V6 petrol, 2 946 cc (mid-mounted)
  • Power: 187 kW @ 7 150 rpm
  • Torque: 300 Nm @ 4 650 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 6,39 seconds 
  • Top speed: 240 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 13,9 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures) 
  • Price: R360 000
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