After such a long time now finally a new "Car of the Week"!!
I've discovered this model car by maisto at the beginning of this week and immediately knew that this Clio V6 by Renault Sport had to be the first CotW since such a long time without any ...
The wide-body Clio V6 was built by Renault Sport up from 2001 as a "successor" of the famous Renault 5 turbo (built from 1980 - 1984). It was based on the Clio MKII and is a 2-door hatchback with a Rear mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout.
The V6 engine was upgraded to around 230 PS (169 kW; 227 bhp) and placed in the middle of the vehicle where the more ordinary Clios have rear seats - making this car a two-seater hot hatch. This Phase 1 models were built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing.
When the Clio V6 Phase 2 was launched in 2003 it was the most powerful serial produced hot hatch in the world with 255 bhp (190 kW), exceeding the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA (250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp)) and the SEAT León Cupra R (225 PS (165 kW; 222 bhp)). The Phase 2 were built by Renault Sport in Dieppe.
Though based on a utilitarian hatchback, the Renault Clio V6 is not a practical family car. With an average fuel consumption of 12 litres per 100 km (24 miles/gallon; 20 mpg-US), this resulted in an empty fuel tank in just over 300 miles (480 km). The loss of the back seats and most of the boot space, due to the engine placement, results in a severe restriction in luggage space - there is only a small space in the front where the engine used to be, suitable for a holdall or week-end groceries, a small netted area behind the seats plus a small stash area under the tailgate.