Renault Laguna Coupe
The fastest Renault Clio is about to get an extra dose of va-va-voom! The new V6 Sport will feature the latest models nose and headlights, as well as under-bumper foglamps and extra aluminium detailing round the air vents.
Although its the Renaultsport flagship, additional development by motorsport expert TWR, which helped create the original, means the next-generation V6 will be even more exciting to drive. Thats because of a redesigned suspension giving improved grip and more agile road manners at speed.
Sharper steering as well as a gentler throttle action suggest the car will be easier to balance round corners, helping to tame the originals notoriously tricky handling. New alloy wheels and slimmer suspension components will make it lighter than the current car, and theres a power increase, too. The original V6s 230bhp 3.0-litre engine will be the same capacity, but modifications to the air filters and breather pipes will see output rise to 240bhp.
Renault will answer criticisms of the cooling system with larger air vents protected by chrome-effect wire grilles to prevent debris entering the engine bay. Cabin ventilation will also be improved to relieve the stuffy atmosphere of the present model.
New sports seats will be mounted lower, and the interior will feature the more modern dash of the current Clio.
The facelifted V6 is likely to debut in October, hot on the heels of the Renaultsport Clio 172 Cup, which will have aluminium body panels and a more basic interior to give the car greater appeal for enthusiastic drivers. The new V6 is expected to be priced approximately the same as the outgoing £25,995 model.
See the new-look Clio in the current issue of Auto Express magazine.