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Renaultsport Clio V6Every so often, the mad people of Renault Sport decide to smoke something a little stronger than a Gauloise and let their hair down a little.
The results can be staggering, like sticking a 3.0-litre V6 engine where the rear seats and boot should be.
Sadly, thanks to Brunel-levels of reengineering, the rear-engined Clio was 300kg heavier than the 172 Cup, which only served to blunt the performance of this potential supercar-slayer.
Thanks to its success on the world rally stage, the R8 ‘Gorde’ laid the foundations for future performance cars from La Régie.It was, if you like, Renault’s answer to the Lancia Stratos and it had very little in common with the regular 5 parked on your local high street.A host of unique parts made this mid-engined Group 4 rally car rather expensive to build, which led to the development of the Turbo 2, which was both cheaper to build and therefore less expensive to buy.And yet, despite all of this, we can’t help but love the unhinged and ‘mad as a box of frogs’ Clio V6. Renaultsport Megane 230 F1 Team R26But if you fancied a little soundproofing and the option to carry some rear seat passengers, the Renaultsport Megane 230 F1 Team R26 is arguably the next best thing.Renault 21 Turbo“The 21 Turbo is the best sporting saloon Renault has ever built,” proclaimed Autocar in 1988. With 175hp on tap, the 21 Turbo could sprint to 60mph in just under eight seconds, before going on to reach a top speed of 137mph. R is, perhaps, not only one of the best hot Renaults of all-time, but one of the best hot hatches the world has ever seen. Sure, there were a few – no rear seats, polycarbonate side and rear windows, no climate control, to name but three – but the R26. Ridiculously long name aside, the R26 was, until the arrival of the R26. A 230hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and a limited slip diff were just two of the highlights.