The Clio V6 was based on the Clio Mk II, though it shares very few parts with that car. The 3.0 60° V6 engine, sourced from the PSA group was upgraded to around 227bhp and placed in the middle of the vehicle where the more ordinary Clios have rear seats – making this car a two-seater hot hatch.
In order to accommodate the radical change from front-engine, front-wheel drive hatchback to mid-engine, rear-wheel drive two-seater quasi-coupé, the car had to be extensively reworked structurally, leading to the Phase 1 version being some 300kg heavier than the sportiest “regular” Clio, the 172 Cup. Due to this, even though the V6 model had significantly more power, it was not remarkably faster in a straight line accelerating to legal road speeds than the 172 Cup – accelerating to 60mph in 6.2 seconds compared to the Cup’s 6.7 seconds – though its maximum speed was significantly higher (146 mph compared to 138 mph). The raw sound of the V6 engine just behind the driver and rear-wheel drive made the driving experience very different to the normal front-engined, front-wheel drive car.
An excellent example of this aggressively styled, mid-engined and racing inspired Clio that has cemented it’s place in the annals of cult car classics. This particular car benefits from a full service history and extensive history file, showing recent expenditure of over £5,000 including a cam belt change. Offered with the cars original accessories, this is certainly an appreciating modern classic for the discerning collector.