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French Blue | Hatchback | 6 Speed Manual | 3.0 litre V6 | 44,862 miles | $77,249
Taking their most pedestrian model, injecting a Porsche tuned 255 horsepower V6 monster into where the rear passengers should sit and fitting a swathe of bespoke performance kit and trim, Renault produced an off the Scoville scale hot hatch that refreshingly reminds us cars can be so much more than just body haulers
The Phase 2 car launched in 2003, is a significantly altered car from the Phase 1 and the car to own and drive.
Horsepower jumped from 230 to 255hp (190kW), importantly the wheelbase was increased and a new rear subframe, longer rear trailing arms and softer bump stops were engineered to provide improved turn-in and greater stability when extracting maximum performance from the car without nervous rear-end mayhem. It worked.
Hand built in January 2003, this French Blue Phase 2 car is number 78 of a total of just 354 sold to the UK and arrived in Australia in 2011 as a personal import, believed to be 1 of just 3 cars on our shores.
In excellently maintained, very original condition this rare Renault Clio Sport V6 has zero modifications and still features important details like the original driver hugging Renault Sport suede/leather seats, the suede hand brake and gear shifter boots often well worn, mint condition colour coded transmission tunnel, steering wheel and dash trim and even the dealer fitted Elf Lubricants window decals.
The exterior still features the impossible to find factory 18 inch lightweight OZ alloys on each corner, massive signature silver air ducts behind the doors that feed the stonking V6, the original twin barrel exhaust and chrome badging all in fantastic condition.
With the car comes the original leather bound owner's manual and service booklets that show a complete service history, the last major works undertaken in 2015 that included both cam and timing belts as well as both factory keys and the Renault Sport mats.
A leading edge pocket rocket that despatches 0-100 kmh in just 5.8 seconds and still breaks rubber necks over a decade after its release this Renault Clio Sport V6 feels far more special than most hot hatches.
The Porsche tuned V6 provides incredibly linear acceleration with a flat torque curve that simply builds and builds pace and the handling makes you feel like Colin Mcrae.
Built by hand in a dedicated RenaultSport factory in Dieppe, this rare beast isn't just a collector's car, it's the type of car that gets you up off the couch and into the driver's seat.
Excellently prepared and ready to drive off the showroom floor, this Renault Clio Sport V6 won't be available for long.