Intended for the same customer base of enthusiasts that was won over by the previous version – 1,630 units of which were built in 20 months, 300 of which were sold in the UK – New Clio V6 255 is now assembled at the Renaultsport Alpine facility in Dieppe alongside the Clio Renaultsport 172 and Cup using bodies supplied by a special department within the Clio Flins factory.
The V6 255 model also takes advantage of major developments such as the use of SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) for the front end, the front wings and the lower section, an indicator repeater carried over from the top-end models, polished finish road wheels and chrome-finished double exhaust pipes. New Clio V6 255 also benefits from the know-how of workers at Renaultsport's Alpine Dieppe plant, where a new assembly and paint process has been developed to ensure outstanding quality levels.
Travelling comfort takes a major qualitative step forward with a new elegant soft-feel dashboard. The tactile impression of the textiles and the controls and the new finish inside the engine compartment cover add to this impression. The leather/alcantara bucket seats with Renaultsport embroidery, the leather steering wheel with thumb-rests, the aluminium finish of the gear lever knob and the pedals, as well as the new sills with Renaultsport badges all add character to the overall impression of the interior.
In Clio V6 255, new features include the body-coloured steering wheel insert, dashboard mouldings and centre tunnel further enhance this sporting presentation.
New safety and travelling comfort features make their appearance. In the area of safety, New Clio V6 255 is fitted with the same structural strengthening as the latest-generation Clio and with a complete range of active safety and occupant protection features: ABS, xenon headlamps, twin adaptive front airbags together with safety belts equipped with load limiters and pretensioners, and head/thorax side airbags.
Thanks to multiplexing, Clio V6 255 is now equipped with a new range of comfort features such as rain sensitive wipers coupled with a light level sensor for the headlights and regulated climate control air conditioning with a digital readout. A new top-range 160W audio system with radio / single CD in the dashboard and a 6 CD changer under the passenger’s seat is fitted.
New Clio V6 255 is now available to order with first deliveries due in July. Three standard metallic body colours are available: Titanium Silver Grey, Mars Red and Illiad Blue.
Highly Personalised Clio V6 255 Models
Following feedback from original Clio V6 owners who requested further personalisation of their cars, Renaultsport now gives customers the opportunity to personalise their Clio V6 255 with a choice of special colours, trim and features. A whole range of colours is available. Sirius Yellow, Callisto Brown and Lune Grey are all special-effect colours, with the colour changing depending on the angle at which the light falls on the surface. Special alloy wheels complete the range of choices.
For the interior, the trim components are finished in "soft touch" black paint, while the carpets, also black, add to the elegance of the cabin interior. The hand-sewn full-grain "Nappa" leather is available in a range of colours: Light Grey, dark grey, brown, beige and blue.
Clio Renaultsport V6 Customers
Clio Renaultsport V6 customers have one thing in common – a passion for unique cars, after all there is only one mid-engine production hatch in the world. Over 60% of customers were buying their Clio V6 as a second, third or even forth car. As such many customers were adding the Clio to a collection that included everything from a Ferrari 360 Modena and Aston Martin DB7 to Range Rovers and Porsche 911. However a significant number were trading up from a Clio Renaultsport 172 or even Clio Williams and trading in cars like the Subaru Impreza and Audi TT.Published 6 May 2003