RENAULT SPORT SPIDER: SPOTTED
We've finally found one, and this Sport Spider comes with an intriguing aftermarket accessory
Lotus Elise; faster, lighter, cheaper and prettier, the Elise comprehensively outscored the Renault where it mattered to British buyers.
15 years later though, and time has been far kinder to the Sport Spider than its contemporary reception would have suggested.
The Sport Spider used the engine from the Clio Williams, producing 150hp and 136lb ft. It's a significant car in Renaultsport's history too; with the Alpine-Caterham sports car project in progress, the Sport Spider assumes a role as (almost) direct antecedent.
this barely-used example. Given only 96 RHD cars came to Britain, surely they can't drop much further?
From a subjective and emotional point of view, the Sport Spider is just damn good fun as well. It won't quite match the Elise, but the stance gives it plenty of grip and the lack of PAS (the brake servo was deleted too) ensures the driver plays an integral role. The communication, feel and excitement we crave from roadsters is most definitely present with the Sport Spider.
The rest of the advert is very confidence-inspiring, with the seller being the owner from new, a recent service in its history, good pictures and a detailed description.
Yes, the Elise remains the sharper, more incisive car that's still cheaper, but the Sport Spider deserves more credit than it receives. Renault's sports car resurgence has the potential to do so
RENAULT SPORT SPIDER
Engine: 1,998cc 4-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Power (hp): 150@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 136@4,500rpm
First registered: 1997
Recorded mileage: 35,000
Price new: £25,950
Yours for: £17,500
See the original advert here