Rumor: Renault Clio Williams hot hatch may come back

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 13, 2011

When it was announced that Renault will become the engine supplier of Formula One team Williams once again, there were many speculations. Sources say that a hot hatch icon, the 1992 Clio Williams, will be staging a comeback. Enthusiasts are unanimous in considering this model as one of the best pocket rockets ever.

When it arrives next year, it will feature the original’s classic blue and gold livery, according to these exclusive images.

The race-inspired supermini is expected to be an improvement over the standard special edition. A Renault spokesman said that the tie-up won’t be treated as just a “marketing exercise” and he reassures that it will soon come out with a vehicle that’s “suitably uprated.”

He added that talks are ongoing but that both parties are “keen” on this project. In an Auto Express interview, Williams F1 chairman Adam Parr said that it has entered a Formula One engine partnership with Renault.

He clarified that its Jaguar venture to make a supercar doesn’t prevent it from making deals as long as they don’t rival the C-X75. He said that the all-new Cliodue will arrive at the end of 2012. It is timed to coincide with the end of the existing Renaultsport Clio 200.

The new vehicle will be getting a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine to enhance its power from 197bhp to about 240bhp. Renault has made sure that this new model won’t overlap with the pricier 247bhp Renaultsport Mégane.

Its suspension will be similar to that of the existing Renaultsport Clio Cup, but it will have race-derived Sachs dampers, which were installed to the Clio 182 Trophy launched in 2005.

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