Renault Clio Williams 2.0lt (1993-1998)
Back in the early 1990's, the Peugeot 205 GTi had been considered the top hothatch of the previous decade so like all good things, time marches on and the other catch up. It took a truly special car to take the crown away from Peugeot 205 GTi, and the old-timer was reluctant to let go. Like an old Lion, it had seen off impostors from all directions and came out on top. Now this was different, the 145hp Clio Williams was on the prowl, it was so much more imposing and muscular than it's brother, the Clio 16v.
The Clio Williams came armed with an extra 200cc which improved torque figures no end helping the car pull through the corners and blast onto the next challenge.
The suspension on this Williams version uses a reinforced front subframe borrowed from the Clio Cup racer, it included uprated springs, dampers, rear torsion arms and thicker anti-roll bars.
The Clio Williams 1 was offered in just one exterior colour called Metallic Sports Blue. It looked like the real deal with it's larger wheel-arches and the bulging of bonnet from the Clio 16v). The alloys came painted in a sand gold colour and the whole package just looks the business.
Coming in at just under the 1 tonne treshold at 981kg, the Clio Williams was marginally heavier than the Clio 16v, but that was easily compensated with the extra power and torque from the new 2.0lt unit.
The Clio Williams has always been competent and mechanical in spirit, and it will still feel good and fresh to today's drivers.
For a car to be an icon it must have its own signature, just like the lion, it's sound is often one of the elements that makes up that unique package.
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