Today the most interesting compact hot hatch is the Ford Focus RS, with its intelligent AWD and great 350 hp engine – but the Clio RS for example has credentials that make it stand against the Mini JCW or even play nice on the way to the opera house.
That’s because the 1.6 liter turbo has 200 horsepower – manned easily via the dual-clutch gearbox and allowing up to five people to ride comfortably thanks to the five-door layout. But back in the day, the Clio V6 Renault Sport was a thrill ride even when going to the market for bread. It might be the ultimate in terms of factory-produced crazy subcompact hot hatches – and as it turns out you can own one in perfectly mint condition if you can part ways with €44,950. That’s a lot of money considering a new E Class sedan starts below that figure, but premium car dealership XOTO of Varsenare, Belgium might quickly get the money thanks to the fun factor involved with the sale.
The Clio V6 RS seems to have been taken away directly from the first and only owner, who treated it kind and only clocked 7,100 kilometers (4,411 miles) on the odometer – which is kind of incredible since the vehicle was first registered in January 2002. The design looks pretty much as it just left the factory and what’s underneath is enough to make us think of the “widowmaker” days of the 911. V6 engine smack in the middle, rear wheel drive and there’s more fun or fright to be had than in the good old days of the Renault 5 Turbo.