Car pictures of the week

We explore the highlights of Richard Meaden’s drive in the iconic Renault Clio V6

With expensive bespoke bodywork, inherently tricky dynamics and a wild mid-mounted V6 formula, we’re unlikely to see anything quite like the Renault Clio V6 again. In issue 294, Richard Meaden looks back at the icon two decades on, and in this week’s car pictures we explore the highlights of his drive. To read the feature in full, pick up your copy in store or online via the evo shop.

It’s been 22 years since the Clio V6 entered production, but since then nothing has come close to its R5 Turbo-inspired design. As captured by Aston Parrot in these images, its road presence is unlike any other production hot hatchback, with a significant increase in track width making space for both its wider wheels and that transversely-mounted V6 engine – its not-so-subtle intake aft of the doors area a tell that it’s no ordinary hatch.

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Meaden had the chance to familiarise himself with the most desirable Clio V6 of them all, a Phase 2 painted in Liquid Yellow. While the numbers might not have quite the same punch in a modern context, the Clio’s unusual technical layout is what sets it apart, sending drive to the rear wheels from a mid-mounted 3-litre V6 for a 5.8sec 0-62mph time and a 153mph top speed. 

Though it was the world’s most powerful hot hatchback at its 2003 launch, an output of 251bhp and 221lb ft of torque is no match for today’s models. A 375kg weight penalty over the Clio 172 Cup didn’t help matters either, bringing power to weight to just 182bhp/ton. As Meaden discovered though, it’s not all about the numbers.

To read the full story behind its origins and Richard Meaden’s drive, pick up your copy of issue 294 in store or online now via the evo shop.

Car pictures of the week: archive

Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.

Gallery 1

Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.

Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.

Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.

Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R. 

Gallery 8

Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

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