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Renault Sport Clio 200 Cup (2010)
Renault Sport’s Clio has long been a benchmark for hot hatches, and the new 200 Cup continues the trend.
It has more power and torque, and is dynamically better than the 197 it replaces. There’s a raft of improvements and enhancements, such as a new frontal blade, front-wing air-extractors, rear air diffuser and an independent steering axis layout (devoid of damping) to the front suspension that virtually eliminates torque steer – the bane of powerful, front-wheel-drive cars - under acceleration.
Tick also a larger diameter front anti-roll bar, stiffer springs and shock absorbers, a 10 percent improvement in torsional rigidity and a higher ratio steering rack (7.5 per cent quicker). The result is one of the most accomplished and enthusiastic front-wheel-drive cars available at any price.
The 200 punches out of corners, thanks to shorter first, second and third gear ratios in the slick shifting six-speed manual gearbox. It’s not insanely fast, but with some 95 percent of maximum torque on tap at 3000 rpm, the rev-happy 2.0-litre normally aspirated engine seems indefatigable. And it stops just as impressively. In keeping with the 200’s sporty design brief, the ride is firm, but not as annoyingly so as many other performance jobs. Indeed, this is a driver-focused car you could live with everyday.
Dynamic handling, strong brakes, fun drive
Hard ride, no auto option
Brembo brakes (front), 17” alloy wheels, climate control airconditioning, bluetooth, cruise control, front sports seats, reach and tilt steering, multi-function trip computer, CD/MP3/radio with auxiliary socket and RCA/USB inputs
Front/side/curtain (8) airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), auto door lock
||Sport Clio 200 Cup
||Sports Under $80,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.0-litre, 16-valve, normally-aspirated 4-cyl
||148 kw @ 7100 rpm
||215 Nm at 5400 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||6.9 s (claimed), 8.4 (as tested, average, two occupants)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||22.3 m (as tested, average, two occupants)
||8.2-litres/100 km (claimed), 9.3 (as tested)
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