Welcome to the fifth and final in the ongoing video series to answer the crucial question: will she drift?
After taking four hot 4WD hatchbacks – the new 2021 Volkswagen Golf R, the latest Mercedes-AMG A45 S, the Toyota GR Yaris and a Ford Focus RS Mk3 – around the new low-grip skidpan at Thruxton, it’s Now it’s the turn of the ace in the pack: the deliciously nutty, V6 engine, rear-wheel drive Renaultsport Clio V6. Maybe we should rename this episode “It Will Turn”. Because the answer is yes. A lot.
The first Clio V6 appeared in 2001, after being designed for Renault by TWR. Instead of having a smaller engine sitting between its front wheels, it adopted a 3.0-liter transverse V6 mounted between its rear wheels, and driving those rear wheels exclusively with anything up to 227 hp. The facelifted 2003 we’re testing got a power boost to 247bhp, but otherwise the same unconventional layout of major mechanical components.
This series complements an Autocar article written on torque vectoring, which includes full technical details and interviews with the engineers behind these cars, which you can read here.
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This notice was published: 2021-09-02 17:16:59