Cars America Missed Out On: Renault Clio V6 Renault Sport

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Perhaps the most badass-looking hot hatch ever made.

Between 2001 and 2005, French automaker Renault built something that made little sense (in terms of everyday practicality). What it did was beautiful in its simplicity: stuff a 3.0-liter V6 under the hood of its Clio supermini. You’d be correct to assume that an automaker wouldn’t be able to get away with something like that today with emissions regulations and all. But back then Renault wanted to build the most powerful hot hatch in the world, and with the Clio V6 Renault Sport it was mission accomplished.

Delivering a total of 252 horsepower, the Clio V6 Renault Sport was the result of egos and lunacy. This three-door supermini delivered a 0-60 mph time of just 5.9 seconds and top speed of 153 mph. Due to that V6 being smudged into such a small car at midship (hence the side air intakes), Renault had to widen the body and subcontract the production out. Even the rear seats and a good chunk of the rear cargo space were sacrificed in order for the V6 to fit. Like we said, it was just absolute lunacy.

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