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Cool Cars: Reanult 'Sport' Clio 200

The Renaultsport Clio 200 is classier than garlic bread, with more culture than the Daily Mail

Cool Van Man was young once, and during that time one of his biggest aspirations was to get the keys to a hot-hatch, and ultimately kill himself.

Why? Well, because they’re fun, inexpensive, cheap to run and can be thrown around with abandon. However think GTI hatch-back pedigree and Volkswagen’s classic Mark 1 and 2 may come to mind, together with Ford’s XR series. But Renault?

But just hold on there, for those who know this breed the French company produced some memorable numbers, including the souped up Renault 5 Turbo and first generation Clio 16-valve.

Now these cars were never the quickest on the straights, but they had that Gallic delicacy that was lacking in rawer, more powerful rivals.

And they’ve done it again - the front-wheel-drive Renaultsport Clio 200 features a 2.0-litre normally aspirated engine producing 197bhp and torque is 159lb ft mated to a six-speed gearbox. Impressive numbers for hot hatch, but that’s not what makes it great.

For the price (£16K) there’s really not much to touch it when it comes to driver involvement - the chassis is tight, the engine is willing and the interior is functional, complete with serious driving seats.

So if you want cheap thrills with a French lady then this Clio is a right go’er.

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