Video: Will it drift? Renaultsport Clio V6 hits the skidpan

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We’ve covered the latest torque-vectoring hot hatchbacks, but will this insane retro weapon slide?

Welcome to the fifth and last in the current series of videos set to answer the crucial question: will it drift?

Having taken four 4WD hot hatchbacks – the new 2021 Volkswagen Golf R, the latest Mercedes-AMG A45 S, the Toyota GR Yaris and a Mk3 Ford Focus RS – around the new low-grip skidpan at Thruxton, now’s the turn of the ace in the pack: the deliciously nutty, V6-engined, rear-wheel-drive Renaultsport Clio V6. Perhaps we should rename this episode ‘will it spin’. Because the answer’s yes. A lot.

The first Clio V6 emerged in 2001, having been engineered for Renault by TWR. Instead of having a smaller engine sitting between its front wheels, it adopted a 3.0-litre transverse V6 mounted between its rear wheels, and driving those rear wheels exclusively with anything up to 227bhp. The facelifted 2003 we’re testing got a power boost to 247bhp but otherwise the same unconventional layout of major mechanical components.

This series complements a written Autocar feature about torque vectoring, that includes full technical details and interviews with the engineers behind these cars, which you can read here