As soon as the Williams Formula 1 team inked an engine supply deal with Renault in 2011, auto journos salivated at the thought of a new Renault Clio Williams. (This was after the return of Gordini, during the rumors of the return of Alpine, before the rumors of the Initiale brand, and long before the new Clio was introduced.) The original Clio Williams arrived in 1993 to celebrate Nigel Mansell's 1992 F1 World Championship in his Williams-Renault. In fact, Williams had nothing to do with the hatchback other than donating its name, but the public couldn't get enough of its performance. There were only supposed to be 3,800, but Renault eventually produced 12,100 Clio Williams' in three series.

Renault hasn't publicly said a word about the possibility of a new version of that legendary hot hatch, but Autocar says "well placed sources" have assured it that a new Clio Williams is on the way. A raunchier take on the Clio RenaultSport 200, the Williams edition is rumored to get 220 horsepower from its 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a bump of 20 hp over the RS 200.

Autocar goes on to say that the Clio Williams is around 18 months away, slated to arrive after the RS 200 completes its run. It's unclear whether Williams will assist with its development – the RenaultSport division created the original on its own – but Autocar suggests that Williams' forays into customer-car applications might give it a way in. An announcement from Renault could come as early as this year.


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      SpeedAddict
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, if they want to stay true to the original, it HAS to be dark blue with gold wheels.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that's one sexy hatch. Why can't Nissan turn out something like this, instead we get the milquetoast Versa.
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Kia Rio's sexy sister
        srmcg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kahz
        everything looks like a kia to some of you people. Just tells me you are clueless
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @srmcg
          Well ignoring the possibility just tells me how short minded 'some of you people' are. Please tell me I am wrong about the headlights: http://www.carsguide.com.au/images/uploads/kia-rio-Hero.jpg
      • 2 Years Ago
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      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      why is this not the Nissan Versa here in the US?
        srmcg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @leo
        Eh, because its a Renault and the Nissan Note is the equivalent of the Versa
          KaBoomBOX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @srmcg
          Actually, the Tiida is the equivalent of the Versa, not the Note. The question is more about why Nissan/Renault presents such lackluster styling for Nissan in North America when they clearly are capable of much better.
          leo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @srmcg
          Yes I know, but my point is more to the styling of this as compared to the disastrous one on the Versa
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autocar gave very good reviews to regular Clio. Given the turmoil in Europe I certainly hope that PSA, Renault and Fiat are giving serious thought to returning to USDM.
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one.
      Sean Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't we have them in the USA?
      Filipe Da Costa
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't get it. Why don't you guys show pictures of the RS version in the article? It was there in Paris with a cool Sirius Yellow color!
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