A Renault Clio Williams edition is apparently on its way. Like the original Renault Clio Williams of 1992 (pictured, not sold in Australia), the new model is expected to showcase vast performance revisions to the powertrain, improved handling and suspension components, and racy Williams-badged looks.
According to a recent report by Auto Express in the UK, a new Renault Clio Williams is under serious consideration. The report says the special edition model will feature a heavily tuned naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing around 179kW of power.
The Renault-Williams team is also said to beef up the suspension and brakes considerably over the standard Clio, while the interior would include chunky Recaro sports seats, satellite navigation and special Williams logos.
A Renault spokesman, who preferred not to be named, recently hinted to Auto Express that such a car could exist, he said,
“We don’t want to pollute the [Renault and Williams] tie-up with simply a marketing exercise – you can rest assured it will be something suitably uprated from the standard car.
“Discussions are currently ongoing, but with Williams based here in the UK, and Renaultsport models being so popular in this country, we’re definitely keen to make this happen.”
If the car does reach reality it is likely to be a send off for the current Renault Clio generation and could go on sale sometime early next year. We’ll keep you updated when more concrete details arise.