When compiling a list of the most prolific performance cars of the 1980s, you pretty much have to include the Renault 5 Turbo. This flared French hot hatch with a trunk full of engine was not only fou fast, but it was also a force to be reckoned with in rallying. But as the Group B era of dangerously fast limited production specials came to a close, Renault saw no need to keep this extreme econobox in production.
However, as the 20th century was being pushed aside by the 21st, Renault got the mid-engine hatchback itch again. And it was taking a long, hard look at the 5’s spiritual successor, the Clio, which was by then onto its second generation, to form the basis of this new compact powerhouse. And while the finished car – which bore the full name Renault Clio V6 Renault Sport – wouldn’t be eligible for most rally or circuit racing series, the long-running French nameplate was determined to make it a blast to drive anyway.