3. Renault Clio Renaultsport V6 Mk II

Notable Features: Mid-engined, produces 255 hp, stock close-ratio gearbox

Complex Says: Normal Clios weren't nearly this cool. In fact, the Mk I Clio V6 wasn't this cool, either. The Mk II is where Renaultsport (Renault's sporting division, separate from the main company) got engine performance and placement just right -- as well as suspension and build quality. This is the hot hatch that schooled other hot hatches in Europe for years to come.