Far from abandoning the market for hot hatches to British and Japanese car companies, Renault was keen, back in the early 90s, to capitalize on the success and cult following of the Renault 5 Turbo 2 and its derivatives. The result was ultimately the 1993 Renault Clio Williams, fruit of the collaboration of the French manufacturer with the renowned British Formula One team, which was at the time branching out in Rallying. In addition to its aggressive design and alloy wheels, the Clio Williams is known to be a very fun car to drive on the edge, which is not something that can be of every sports car.
For the Clio Williams to be allowed in Group N racing, the engine displacement had to be increased to 2-liters. Renault did away with its traditional (and highly effective) turbo, relying instead on the increased displacement for power. The result was a 150 horsepower powerhouse, matched to a new bullet-proof gearbox, that could reach 60 miles an hour in about 7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 134 miles per hour. These numbers do not do justice to the very torquey engine, that delivered juice throughout the power-band, making the car a joy to drive.
From a relatively limited production run of 3,800, the 1993 Renault Clio Williams was soon followed by other models (the Williams 2 and 3), proof of its enduring popularity.