In 2001, Renault introduced the hot Clio V6. It was a far cry from the more mainstream hatchback on which it was based. An extreme new body kit gave it a distinctive look, and a mid-mounted V6 added plenty of extra power. Now, nearly 16 years after the original was introduced, a well-kept example from 2003 is up for sale on the used market.

With an asking price of $69,000, it won’t come cheap. But remember, this is no run-of-the-mill Renault Clio. Up for sale in Miami, Florida, is this well-kept 2003 Renault Clio V6 Renault Sport. The seller says that it’s the only one like it in the U.S., and features all the original go-fast parts that came from the factory.

One of just 2,800 examples ever built, and one of just 230 examples built between 2001 and 2003, the Renault Clio V6 comes with a ridonculous mid-mounted 3.0-liter V6 delivering 227 horsepower (269 kilowatts) and 220 pound-feet (300 Newton-meters) of torque. Granted, it’s a tad bit slower than the Phase 2 version that was introduced later in 2003 – which comes with 255 hp (190 kW) – but it’s still a fun machine nonetheless.

Gallery: 2003 Renault Clio V6

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, allowing the hot hatch to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 6.2 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 146 mph (234 kmh). Comparably, that’s about as quick as a brand new VW GTI – but don’t let that dissuade you.

This Clio was legally imported in 2010 and registered in La Habra, California. In 2011, it went into a private collection, and a recent acquisition by its current consigner saw the installment of new coils, spark plugs, fresh fluids, and an A/C service. Just 18,000 original miles (28,968 kilometers) have been driven, and the seller promises that the car runs and drives like new, and comes with an "immaculate" original paint job.

Source: Real Muscle via Jalopnik

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