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Renault’s Clio is a long-running Supermini-class car. Since 1990, it has been produced in four generations; this is an example of a limited-production model based on the first generation of Clio, 1990-1998. The Clio has been one of Europe’s best sellers since its introduction, and has been credited with restoring Renault’s market position after a poor showing in the late 1980s.
Engines were 2 liters, based on the existing 1.8l, but used different valves, cams, crankshaft, and added an oil cooler. While power was increased to 150hp, it was the car’s overall balance and “tossability” that earned it such high marks. It was the template for all Renault hot hatches that followed, and there have been many!
Richard Hammond of Top Gear was quoted, “It (drives) with such style, such plucky determination and then, when you’re at speed, the simple joy of feeling the back end swing around to chase the front at exactly the same rate as you lift your right foot off the throttle is horribly, wonderfully addictive. This is everything a hot hatch should be: fast enough to get you into real trouble if you choose, but also demanding a bit of work to get it there. It’s special, made in limited numbers, and valued hugely by collectors today, so there’s a sense of occasion when using it.”
Manufacturer: La Régie Nationale des Usines Renault (RNUR)
Country of Origin: France
Drivetrain Configuration: Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine: 1998cc water-cooled inline-four, fuel injected, 150 HP
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Top Speed: 134 mph
Years Produced: 1990-present (all Clios)
Number Produced: Clio -Millions, still in production; Clio Williams – 11,100