Lot 315 - 2001 Renault Clio V6
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,000|
When Renault launched the V6 Sport Clio in 2001, it was broadly based on the Renault Clio Mk. II; however, the V6 variant actually shares very little with its standard counterpart. The 3.0-Litre V6 engine was taken from the Renault Laguna and tuned to 227bhp before being placed into the middle of the Clio, replacing the rear seats, and turning this car into a 'very hot hatch'. Capable of accelerating to 0-60 in just 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 146mph, the Clio V6 Sport was, in many ways, the spiritual successor to the wild, rally based mid-engine Renault Five Turbo of the 1980s. The Clio Mk. II had to be extensively reworked structurally to accommodate the transition, transforming the car from a front-engined, front wheel drive car, to a mid-engine, rear wheel drive machine. This is certainly not a car for the faint hearted; built in limited numbers and mainly driven by only the true enthusiasts of the day.
This example of a true modern classic, offered in silver with blue Alcantara interior sports seats, is in great condition. This Clio has been very recently serviced and, having covered just 45,700 miles from new, offers the new owner utmost confidence. The Clio's straight-through stainless steel exhaust system ensures it certainly sounds the part and the car comes complete with an MoT test certificate valid until April 2016 and a strong service record. With honest examples becoming hard to source, this particular car looks like very good value indeed.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.