Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
12/2/20 6:30 p.m.

Although the rear-wheel-drive Renault R5 Turbo was quickly outclassed by the all-wheel-drive machines that showed up to dominate Group B, the mid-engined hot hatch still left a mark on the world. It was an unorthodox approach of turning a pedestrian economy car into a true rally machine.

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Aaron_King PowerDork
12/3/20 9:46 a.m.

I got to see one of these at the Lane, very much cool.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/3/20 11:13 a.m.
Aaron_King said:

I got to see one of these at the Lane, very much cool.

I was just going to say that people can see on IRL at the Lane Motor Museum. (And, really, everyone here should visit the Lane.)

fanfoy SuperDork
12/3/20 12:17 p.m.

I remember seeing one in the wild in Scotland in 2002.

If it wasn't for the exhaust note, I would have never realized that it wasn't just another Clio with some Max Power body kit. I love the sleeper aspect of it. 


kevinatfms GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/4/20 5:19 a.m.

There was also the Clio Williams hot hatch. It made 150hp and weighed 2,000lbs but was front wheel drive. Still, it was a total rocket for the time period and helped pave the way for the later Clio V6.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/4/20 8:32 a.m.

In reply to kevinatfms :

Kinda like how the 2.5RS (in the States) paved the way for the WRX and STI. 

Duke MegaDork
12/4/20 8:35 a.m.

One of my favorite cars from Gran Turismo 3.  I would absolutely powerball one.


BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/4/20 9:30 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

It's actually a distinct line of cars - the Clio Williams in its guises (IIRC they made two or three versions of them) mostly paved the way for the later hot Clios like the 182 et al.

The V6 is a bit of an outlier, other than proving that people are still willing to cough up good money for weird, small production run cars.

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