Icon Buyer: Renault Clio RS 200, CAR+ December 2015

Published: 23 October 2015

► Clio RS 200 now within reach
► Examples as low as £6150
► It sits in true hot-hatch royalty 

>  The switch to turbo and paddle-shift ’box in the current Clio RS has left us lukewarm, which is why we still hanker after the outgoing RS 200. With its barrel-chested nat-asp 2.0-litre lump dishing up 197bhp and 159lb ft working hand-in-glove with a talented chassis, transparent steering and mighty brakes, it is true hot-hatch royalty.

>  The RS 200 is the one to have over the erstwhile 197. Sure, the power increase is negligible, but you get a chunk of more readily available torque and shorter ratios in first, second and third. It leaps off the line like a scalded cat and screams to the redline.

>  The tricky decision was between the standard car with niceties such as air-con, reach-adjustable steering column and squidgy plastics, or the stripped-out Cup model with its more focused chassis set-up and low-rent cabin. We’d say Cup every time.

>  If you’re a true Renaultsport obsessive with deep pockets, then the limited edition Raid should scratch your hot-hatch itch. Matt paintwork, leather and bigger 18-inch Bridgestone-shod alloys that generate even greater levels of face-distorting cornering grip were standard, enhancing an already tasty package. 

One we found 

2009 Clio Renaultsport 200, 54,000 miles, white, black alloys, £6150

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By Ben Whitworth

Contributing editor, sartorial over-achiever, HANS device shirt collars