This Renault Clio V6 Is The Stuff Of Dreams – $45K Dreams

Hot hatches have never been more exciting than they are now but few modern examples are quite as insane as the Clio V6 was back in the day.

Renault introduced the Clio V6 in 2001, and while most hatchbacks feature small three- or four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive, the souped-up Clio was rear-wheel drive and featured a rear mid-engine V6. The Phase 1 model was built between 2001 and 2003, and received a number of modifications in Phase 2 guise for the 2003, 2004, and 2005 model years.

Also Read: 2020 Renault Clio Detailed At Media Drive Photo Shoot

What you’re looking at is a Phase 1 car, one of just 1513 examples built. It is up for sale in Canada on Auto Trader with an asking price of $59,995 ($44,742 U.S.) and while that’s a lot of money, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a keen Renault enthusiast prepared to pay that much. The car has 31,459 km (19,547 miles) under its belt and is No. 28.

All Phase 1 and Phase 2 Clio V6 models featured a 2.9-liter V6 engine. Whereas the later Phase 2 models pumped out 252 hp and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, the Phase 1 like this example offered up 227 hp and the same 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. That may not sound like a lot in a world where 400 hp hot hatches are becoming increasingly common, but it is still enough to get your adrenaline pumping.

Would we be willing to pay almost $60,000 CAD (US $45,300 at current exchange rates) for one? Probably not – but we’re pretty sure someone is…

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  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    still no Audi SQ8…. WTF, how LONG DOES IT TAKE?

    • Matteo Tommasi

      No one cares about a squared truck

      • Bash

        Actually lots of people do. But back to this article. This clio is really a dream material. I wish I can have it.

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        wanna meet up?

        • Matteo Tommasi

          It would be interesting to see who the hell can care about that design abomination

  • Bash

    Ohhh so cool, I want it.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    35k would be good. Anyway, i’d buy it. It’s unique, very rare and that color was extremely rare as well. Those engines are done to be tuned. They can be turned into little monsters. A killer on hills if you know how to drive it. Chassis, gearbox, suspensions, they were made by RSport to race.

    • Matt

      The car is silver. The blue is a wrap.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        That’s a pity. That color is perfect.

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  • Matt

    yeah you can see from the engine shot that the car is silver.

  • Callanish

    I got to be in the passenger seat of one on a quiet B road in the rain. Exhilarating, but that back end can get a bit twitchy when you’re on it. Reminded me of the old 911’s with all that engine weight in the rear.

  • Bo Hanan

    I read that this is one of the most dangerous cars in the world. It’s based off a front wheel drive car and the heavy rear end is tail happy. It will switch directions on you in a minute.

    • Ben

      That’s what gives it character. Seriously. So many cars are so…sterile today. Its like loading an app. You can launch 730-1500hp vehicles and drive wrecklessly, but the car will do the best to save you…from yourself. Vehicles like the Viper and Clio V6 took something most people nowadays don’t have, driving skills.

    • Wandering_Spirit

      You have to know how to drive it. It’s very rewarding on hills.

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