The Renault Clio V6 Is an Amazing Mid-Engine Hot Hatchback


Renault Clio V6 evaluation! The Renault Clio V6 is a special, rare, and very unusual hot hatchback– with a mid-engine V6! Today I'm evaluating the Clio V6, and I'm going to show you all of its quirks and features. I'm likewise driving the Clio V6, and I'll evaluate its driving experience with some time behind the wheel.


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The Renault Clio V6 Is an Amazing Mid-Engine Hot Hatchback

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    1. If you look at the license plate / registration date, you can see that it says May of 2021. Judging by how sweaty Doug is in this video, I’d bet that this was recorded in the Summer of 2020. He has been sitting on this video for approximately 2 years. It was something discussed in Super AutoQuirk Dougposting; and if memory serves, I believe Doug actually touched on it as well.

    2. This was teased in an intro months ago. We knew it was coming. And when it wasn’t, we knew it was coming in Dougcember.

  1. My father is a Renault Sports aficionado and owned a Renault 5 turbo 2 in the 80’s. When the Phase 2 version of the Clio Sports V6 came out he bought it in a heartbeat and still has it in impeccable condition. The phase 2 is definitely a huuuge upgrade over the phase 1 model, especially in the interior. But a fact that Doug missed is that in order to jump from 230hp to 255~hp, Renault outsourced their engineering to… none other than Porsche!
    I have to say, every time I’ve been allowed to drive it, I was scared to death!

    1. @Klaus Klausewitz my first car was a seat ibiza with a porsche developed engine and that was in the 80s before SEAT was bought by VW. I think in the 80s porsche was in need of money and they developed engines for anyone who asked.

    2. The problem with the Phase 1 is that it’s an absolute deathtrap, even more than you would expect. The Phase 2 exist to make the car safer and used it as an excuse to also make it more powerfull

  2. Literally one of my most favorite hot hatchbacks ever. I’ve known about the Renault Clio V6 ever since my earliest childhood with Gran Turismo 2

  3. Despite the fact that the taillights are from the Phase 2 and this is Phase 1, the exhaust and the air scopes (or how they’re called) being painted in black (should be the same colour of the car) its an amazing car ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The best part about this one Doug, besides the car of course, is the camera angle. Being able to see ya rip down the road like that is great

  5. Ahh, legendary Renault mid-engined deathtraps. Amazing cars. I have no idea how many of these are still alive (R5 Turbo is even rarer), but I would imagine not many. There’s one in my country and I know for a fact it had been totaled twice and rebuilt, it’s still on the road from time to time. R5 is even scarier, though.

  6. This was a Holy Grail car for me growing up. I had it in Gran Turismo 2 and thought it was the best thing ever. Watching the review and it seems like one of those don’t meet your heros kind of situations. These days you can probably make a ton more power with a K series.

    1. Thank you.I was trying to recall which game had it.I liked it for off-roading.Alas,the game’s in storage and I don’t want to venture out in 40-55mph winds just to grab the disc.

  7. Thank you Doug! Next time you can review the white Renault 5 Alpine Turbo we see in the back in your video! That was indeed the ancester to this Clio, the fist mid engine rear wheel drive hatch back from Renault. A true widow maker with no electronics and the turbo kicking your butt from 3000 to 5000 rpm!

  8. I like all the intermittent wiper selections. I hate how the four we usually get is either too slow or too fast depending on the conditions.

    1. My family has had two ’04 Nissan Sentra’s, and while they’re total shitboxes, one thing Nissan did right is make the intermittent wiper control continuously variably adjustable. It’s a smooth adjustment with a nice hefty feel… Which might be the nicest-feeling part of the whole car.

    2. I’ve driven many cars and my old clio had the best automatic window wipers i’ve ever used, even compared to new cars.

    3. @Vova P One annoyance of my sister’s Micra is that because it’s not the base model you get automatic intermittent wipers instead of manually adjustable intermittent, so if you want intermittent wipers you have to rely on the auto wipers working.

  9. Back when this came out here in Germany my Dad considered getting one. Other option was the Renault Sport Spyder, which is even more insane. But as he realized it would be his only car and he had to daily it, the Spyder was off the table. The Renault dealer at that time wasn’t really able to get one of the clio V6, so in the end he turned to a Peugeot 306 s16, which also was really fast for its time.

    1. ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐Ÿ‘‰@demuro_doug says:

      ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช’๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ.,

    2. @Karim Errytouny they’re both amazing cars. It’s really funny how much of a sleeper they are nowadays, cars have such extreme desings that theese just pass as regular old hatchbacks with aftermarket bodykits, then you explain to people that it’s mid engine RWD and they just crap themselves.

    3. The only thing I donโ€™t like is the headlights they shouldnโ€™t be so round but itโ€™s pretty aggressive looking

  10. I really wish more manufacturers did things like this. So many hot hatches are just economy cars with a little more power, stiffer suspension, and stylistic upgrades, but this was genuinely different.

    I fully expect Doug to buy one in a few years, it seems right up his alley.

    1. ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†Thanks for watching. Let’s talk on telegrร m, you have won a prize.

    2. @iNSTAGiB yesn’t. They were not that much more expensive than a Megane RS is right now. The reason why is because theese things are death traps and you don’t want your brand to take a bad reputation for that, especially renault since they also have the Gordini R8 and 5 turbo that are both well-known steel coffins

    3. Renault have a history of putting silly engines in the middle of cars that shouldn’t have them
      Look at the Renault 5 Turbo, or the Renault Megane Trophy
      Oh, and definitely check out the Renault Espace F1 – The easiest way to explain that to an American is probably to say “Imagine a Dodge Caravan with a mid-mounted 90s F1 engine.”

  11. I love that as Doug is talking about how intimidated by the car he is and how cautious he is beingโ€ฆ. Heโ€™s just casually in and out of traffic blasting past car after car ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†Thanks for watching. Let’s talk on telegrร m, you have won a prize.

    2. If you ever drove any rear-heavy car, you will get this. Like, any. Rear-loaded truck, for example. Thing just doesn’t want to go straight. You turn the steering just a little to change a lane, but the car clearly wants to do 180 – and you are feeling it. This is called dynamic instability.
      Except an rearloaded truck has most of the weight on the foremost and rearmost, and such cars as this Clio has most of the weight on its center, so there isn’t even much inertia to dampen that behaviour.

      Always wanted an 1988 MR-2. But alas, there’s only a truck.

    3. @Nicky The Space Biker the wheelbase is another major problem: theese things are quite twitchy and not everyone has the skill to even trackday them on a more chill pace. They’re absolutely evil cars and will turn you into paste if you dare believe that you’re better than them, but thoose capable of driving one can go way faster than you would ever expect from a hatchback, RWD or not.

  12. Here’s a quirk/cheapout on Renault’s side which you missed. All RHD clios from that generation not only had the hood release on the passenger side, but the wiper blades were also unchanged from the LHD version. Meaning only about half of your field of view gets cleared by them.

    1. The mechanism of right hand wiper arm is a quirk all of its own though and largely solves the issue with field of view.
      In the phase 2 Clio remote locking was standard so they only included a physical door lock on the driver’s door, this remained unchanged for the RHD market so we ended up with our lock on the passenger side.

  13. Nice one Doug, Fun fact about this car, it was built in France complete with a 1,2L 4 cylinder engine and then sent to Uddevalla in Sweden to be converted into the Clio V6 by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) in the same factory that also built the Volvo C70 convertible at the time.

    1. Incorrect they went with no engine at all and went with cabin specs from the 1.8 baccara cabin. But yes went to sweden

  14. I’ve been fascinated by this car ever since seeing it in magazines and video games – so cool to see an in-depth review of its quirks and features!

  15. Not sure if it’s the same for the V6, but in the standard Clio from that era, you could skip the “OIL OK” display and go straight to the mileage by shortly pressing the reset trip button. Also I don’t recall the radio ever beeping for every button press (but I only ever saw it with an CD slot not a tape one), might be a specific model.

  16. The Lane actually has at least 4 other cool Renault hot hatches from the 80s and up. It is absolutely worth making a trip there. I went last year after watching Doug’s Citroen review there.

    1. ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐Ÿ‘‰@demuro_doug says:

      ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช’๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ,.,

  17. Love those car enthusiast episodes! Even though they do not get a substantial number of views, and i acknowledge the importance of it to the channel, I know those are the episodes doug love the most.

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