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Superhot Renault Clio sells for fortune in UK

LONDON, England – A special Renault Clio V6 Phase 2 has set a world record as the most expensive example yet sold at auction.

The unique hot-hatch sold for £90 000 (about R1.8-million) through onliner Collecting Cars, which also holds the world record sale price for the Clio V6 Phase 1 (£62 540/R1.3-million). The platform also held the previous Phase 2 record at £73 000 (R1.5-million).

It has a history of many successes in motorsport, too.

THE SUPERHOT CLIO. Image: Supplied

”The record-breaking Clio V6,” the auction house said, ”is an attention-grabbing low-km example. Finished in eye-popping Acid Yellow, the paint option was offered as a special i.d. (Individual Design) Metallic Pearlescent Illusion option and is exceptionally hard to find – with only eight right-hand drive examples of 21 worldwide.

The body colour is complemented by the optional ‘i.d. Pack 4’ hand-sewn Storm Grey soft Nappa leather upholstery as part of a ”leather pack”, a rare £3900 (R80 000) option fitted to only 18 cars globally.

MID-MOUNTED V6

It includes leather door inserts, a leather engine cover, leather gaiters for the gear-shifter and handbrake, a leather-covered steering-wheel, and light grey Alcantara for the headlining and windscreen pillars.

Powered by a mid-mounted three-litre V6 which sends about 190kW to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, this example has covered about 27 000km,, has a comprehensive service history, and was serviced only by Renault specialists.

The vehicle has an illustrious history, once used as the safety car to support the 2005 Clio Cup series. It also attended the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it was piloted up the hill-climb route by former F1 driver Patrick Tambay.

MOST POTENT HOT HATCH

It was also the outright winner of the ‘Best Clio V6’ prize at the 2016 Origine RS (UK’s largest gathering of V6 Clios).

At launch, the Phase 2 Clio V6 was the most potent hot hatch available. With an extra 19kW over its predecessor, it could sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.8sec and reach 246km/h.

The later car also had a longer wheelbase, wider front track, firmer suspension, and the addition of stiffer sub-frames, new bump stops, and longer trailing arms for improved handling.

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