The short wheelbase and mid-engine layout of the Clio V6 are highly useful in corners. It can turn significantly faster than the Toyota Supra and other larger vehicles without feeling loose at apex. It also has a quick acceleration.
However, the lightness of the Clio makes it less recommended for pursuits, although players can apply Speedbreaker to perform quick manoeuvres.
The Clio V6 is arguably the best handling Tier 2 car in the game, beating the Mazda RX-7 and Porsche Cayman S. This trait does however come at the cost of acceleration and top speed; the Clio V6 might require upgrades to keep up on less technical courses such as Main Street. Players can use a Drafter such as Colin to improve its straight line performance.
Overall, the Clio V6 performs similar to its versions from Most Wanted and Carbon, thanks to its quick acceleration and steering, which is as responsive as the Toyota MR2 GT-S's during any speed. It has a poor nitrous boost though. Top speed is 135 mph (217 kmh). The Class C version hits 165 mph (266 kmh) as maximum.
The Clio V6 is one of the most effective in-game cash purchasable cars as it's more powerful than similarly ranged cars like the Mazda MX-5. It is also competitive in higher classes well.
The first wingman and blocker in Need for Speed: Carbon - Neville - will drive a Renault Clio V6 during the second stage of the career mode, after the player has chosen the Mazda RX-8 at the beginning of the career mode.