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Renault Sport Clio 200 Cup (2010)

by Barry Green,reviewed October 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.
Renault Sport Clio 200 Cup 2010

For

Dynamic handling, strong brakes, fun drive

Against

Hard ride, no auto option

Key features

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

Safety

Front/side/curtain (8) airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), auto door lock

Car Details

Vehicle make Renault
Vehicle model Sport Clio 200 Cup
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2010
Price when new $36,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre, 16-valve, normally-aspirated 4-cyl
Max power 148 kw @ 7100 rpm
Max torque 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)
Economy ADR 8.2-litres/100 km (claimed), 9.3 (as tested)
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.