With a free revving 2 litre engine tasked with the job of punting a featherweight Clio along, the Sport is the motoring equivalent of fly buzzing around your head. Nimble, light and impossible to catch on winding roads the Clio Sport is a real headache for drivers of larger more powerful sports cars. If you hadn't guessed by the name that 2 litre 16 valve under the bonnet produces 172bhp, that's 124kw in Aussie money and is good for 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds. Standard equipment on the Sport was generous, xenon headlights, climate control and auto sensing wipers were just some of the goodies offered for the $33,000 hatch back in 2001. 2004 saw a 182 Cup version launched, it had, you guessed it, 10bhp more, was even lighter, sported a rather lovely twin exhaust and a nicer set of alloy wheels on top of the power gain.
|2004's updated Clio Sport|
|A whole racing series is dedicated to the Clio in Europe|
First car this week is the piece de resistance of the Sporty Clio range, a 182 Cup. Full service history and the owner says it never fails to make you feel good! That's a bold claim but one I'd be inclined to believe.
2005 Renault Clio Sport 182, $8500
Next choice is a fastidiously looked after 172 example with a few choice modifications. Major timing belt service just carried out along with a new water pump should mean this Clio will cause you little headache mechanically. It also comes with 6 months of rego on it.
2002 Renault Clio Sport 172, $6900
Last choice is another good'un; enthusiast owned for its whole life, garaged and always well cared for I cant see why there should be anything wrong with this 172. Excellent value too. I'm aware it's silver like the others, but these 3 were the best compromise of value and condition I could find.
2001 Renault Clio Sport 172, $5000