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2003 Renault Clio V6

2003 Renault Clio V6

2003 Renault Clio V6

With a two-seat, rear-drive layout and a V6 engine transversely installed in between, the Clio V6 is a one of most exciting hot hatches.

The second generation Clio V6 features an even more aggressive front fascia by adopting the styling of the newest Clio. Compared to the previous Clio V6, the front bumper, grille, bonnet and twin-unit xenon headlamps are entirely new. At the rear, a new rear hatch wing that is both longer and higher extends the flow-line of the roof.

The chassis benefits from a more sporting components that combining stiffness with progressiveness. The front suspension castor angle has been increased and a larger anti-roll bar is now connected via drop-links for improved efficiency. The kinematics of the rear suspension has been completely revised with the adoption of a new sub-frame. Thanks to new mounting points and longer radius arms, the rear wheels are moved further aft. The addition of an anti-roll bar attached via drop-links significantly improves the perception of loads as well as achieving more progressive response in the transient phase and in extreme conditions of use.

Intended for the same customer base that was won over by the previous version – 1630 units of which were built in 20 months – the Clio V6 is assembled at the Alpine facility in Dieppe using bodies supplied by a special department within the Flins factory. The Clio V6 thus benefits from the quality standards applied to full-scale production and from the know-how of workers at Alpine’s Dieppe plant for a production rate of 12 cars per day.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine V6
position Mid-Transverse
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Bosch Motronic ME 7.4 Fuel injection
displacement 2946 cc / 179.8 in³
bore 87 mm / 3.43 in
stroke 82.6 mm / 3.25 in
compression 11.4:1
power 190.2 kw / 255 bhp @ 7150 rpm
specific output 86.56 bhp per litre
torque 300 nm / 221.3 ft lbs @ 4650 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension MacPherson Struts
r suspension Multi-Link
transmission PK6 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~235.0 kph / 146 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.3 seconds