In order to complete homologation of the Clio for Group A and N races, Renault need a two-litre engine. It therefore replaced the 1.8-litre, 140hp unit with a 2.0-litre, 150hp engine, based on the one in the Clio 16S. Special attention was paid to the cylinder heads and pistons and the valves were redesigned to provide more torque and greater performance, in order to live up to its famous name!
To manage this increase in power, the gearbox was strengthened. The chassis was also worked upon, with a wider front axle, large anti-roll bars and specific suspension settings.
Aesthetically, the model came with dark pearlescent blue paintwork, gold Speedline wheel rims and the Williams signature. The equipment was not left out either, with semi-bucket seats embroidered with a "W", a blue floor carpet and a pressure gauge with a blue background.
Although 5,000 numbered units were initially planned – twice as many as needed for homologation – the sporting and commercial success of this little stunner with its crisp, agile and playful handling was such that demand went through the roof!
The Group A and Group N versions secured the manufacturers’ titles in the 1993 French Rally Championship.
A worthy addition to the prestigious list of Renault sports cars that began with the R8 Gordini, followed by the R5 Alpine and the Super 5 GT Turbo, the Clio Williams was the first in a long and distinguished line of Clio R.S. models.