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Renault set to revive the iconic Clio Williams
posted on Oct 11 2012 by Sam Jones
Although it is yet to be officially confirmed, reliable sources are saying Renault is to resurrect the legendary Clio Williams. The original was a sensation when it was first introduced back in 1993 and Renault will be hoping that the new hot hatch will be as equally successful.
This is part of the French manufacturers ongoing attempt to maximise the benefits from its participation in Formula 1 and to highlight the transfer of technology between its racing exploits and production cars. It is also a chance for Renault to reiterate its position in the hot hatch market following the threat from fellow French car maker Peugeot, who has its 208 GTI launching in 2013.
Released off the back of Nigel Mansells F1 championship winning season in the Renault powered Williams the Renaultsport-developed Clio Williams achieved critical praise. It proved to be so popular that the production run was extended from 3800 to 12,100 units.
Sources are currently uncertain on whether or not Williams will play an active role in the development of the new car. The F1 team was not involved in developing the original but recently worked with Jaguar on the C-X75. Contributing to such a venture would also likely lower the lease bills for using Renault engines in their race cars.
The new Clio Williams is expected to be to a more intense version of the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo and will have the same turbocharged 1.6-litre four-pot engine increasing its output from 197bhp to 220bhp. This is also the engine size and format F1 will adopt in 2014, the same year the Clio Williams is tipped to go on sale.