Renault Clio Williams (1993 – 1995) Review

Renault Clio Williams (1993 – 1995) At A Glance


+Proof that great hot hatches weren't just the preserve of the 1980s

-Flimsy build, watch out for fakes

The Renault Clio Williams set the template for all of the hot Renaults that followed it. It was powered by a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine for an excellent power to weight ratio, ditching the vogueish need for a turbocharger. The Williams was uprated over standard Clio 16V by 200cc and 15bhp.

Even though it was called the Clio Williams, the F1 team played a minimal role in the development of this car. The transformation was carried out by Renaultsport, the firm’s motor sport arm. Originally, a limited run of 500 Clio Williams was planned, but, due to overwhelming demand, the company saw an opportunity and continued building them – much to the annoyance of those believing they’d bought a limited edition car. The subsequent Williams 2 was built on the same platform but the Williams 3 was heavier thanks to additional safety equipment such as ABS and therefore lacked the same amount of appeal as the original.