The Clio Renaultsport, though, is destined for classic recognition and, while buying one now might not yield a profit, you'll be able to say you were there and experienced the best small hot hatch of its generation.
Arriving in June 2000, the Clio 172 Renaultsport instantly made a mockery of the competition with a price from £15,995. It was light, fast, affordable and slapped an indelible grin on its driver's chops. At a time when Volkswagen was still knocking out the lardy Mk4 Golf GTI and Peugeot had lost its way, the Clio 172 showed the world what a hot hatch should be and introduced a wider audience to the genius of Renaultsport.
With so much hot hatch fun on offer from such little outlay, everyone should try a Clio 172/182 Renaultsport. Here's what to expect and what to look out for.
Sales figures for Clio Renaultsport in UK
Clio 172 Phase 1: 1,357
Clio 172 Phase 2: 3,059
Clio 172 Cup: 2,392
Clio 182: 5,222
Clio 182 Cup: 539
Clio 182 Trophy: 500
"As someone who has driven a BMW 325i Touring for three years, the Clio totally brought back my love of driving. I just cannot imagine taking the BMW for a drive for the hell of it, but I am always thinking of reasons to nip out in the Clio."
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