2010 Renault Clio Renault Sport 200 | new car review

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by









The humble little Renault Clio is a very popular car on the streets of its native Europe, but in the Middle East only one version is available, and it’s for committed petrolheads only.

The Clio 200 is a variant of the latest Clio but fettled by the crazy folk at the Renaultsport division of the French manufacturer. The result is a proper hot hatch, suited to the most challenging of tarmac roads or the racetrack.

Power comes from a 203bhp, 2.0-litre engine with the only transmission option a six-speed manual – no automatic gearboxes here. The engine revs up to 7,100rpm, reflecting the car’s purpose as a machine to be driven hard. It will reach 100kph from standstill in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 225kph. The chassis was designed with performance in mind and is wider than the standard Clio at the front and the back, for extra grip and stability through the corners.

The exterior design includes technology taken from Formula 1, including a front splitter and rear diffuser for improved aerodynamics. Interior features include Recaro bucket seats, six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary socket for MP3 players and Bluetooth phone connectivity, as well as cruise control, automatic air-conditioning and automatic wipers and headlights.

Safety is not compromised for performance. The Clio is based on the Clio III that achieved a maximum five-star rating in the European EuroNCAP crash test programme, and is equipped with Renault’s third generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP3), comprising linked seatbelt pretensioners and airbags.

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