Online auction company Bring a Trailer has announced that a Renault Clio V6 Trophy race car has been sold, with the 2001 example fetching $75 000, which, at the current Rand-Dollar exchange rate, amounts to R1 281 832.50!

Clio V6 Trophy

Produced by Renault Sport, only 159 Trophy units were made. The cars were built for competition to promote the second-generation Clio. The model sold is car number 118. 

Finished in yellow, the Clio V6 Trophy race car’s widened bodywork is wrapped around a 3.0-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine. The mid-mounted powertrain produces 210 kW and 306 Nm of torque, exclusively sent to the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission. 

The hot hatch’s muscular bodywork features front and rear spoilers, side scoops and carbon-fibre side-mirror housings. This example rides on 18-inch Cromodora wheels wrapped in front 225/40 and rear 245/40 Yokohama ADVAN tyres. Brembo brake callipers are fitted all around. 

The interior features a Sparco steering wheel and Magneti Marelli instrumentation. The OMP bucket seats are upholstered in black cloth. Renault Sport embroidery is also present. Sparco six-point harnesses are also included. 

However, Bring a Trailer notes that a March 2021 letter from the EPA states the car was granted a racing-vehicle exclusion. Thus, this Clio V6 cannot be registered for street use in the US. Indeed, this example is intended for track use only. 

Clio V6 Trophy