Chris Harris video: Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo


2013 will be remembered as the year that two cornerstones of the fast car community were altered against the will of the vociferous legions that honour them. Porsche gave the GT3 a PDK gearbox; Renault did the same to the Clio RS and added a turbocharger into the shame.

Does this look boring to you? Thought not...
Does this look boring to you? Thought not...
It is easy to dismiss the Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo as a foppish, bloated machine unworthy of succeeding possibly the greatest uninterrupted hot-hatch dynasty of them all - too easy in fact. You have to try and understand what Renault is attempting to do with this car and, even though car makers are reluctant to discuss future plans, you have to guess where this first version might lead in the future. After all, turbocharging makes for much easier tweaking.

So I've tried to see from both sides: as the bloke with the current Clio 200 Cup, light seats, induction kit and track day addiction, but also the ordinary fast car lover who spends all their time on the road. And, perhaps most importantly, I've tried to remember what it was like to be young and for a car like this to be one's first rung on the fast car ladder. For that generation I'm not sure paddles, symposers, RS buttons and forced induction are anything other than gold dust.

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  • Technomatt 10 Apr 2013

    foxspeed said:
    all depends on what you base a car length....

    anyway unlike some troll that only posts in certain threads to have a go and when it suits change their mind one minutes its rubbish the next its brilliant...

    you missed the point - it was stated the new had more power and the old less but only a 0.6sec or so difference....go figure out what was said!!!
    A delayed Troll input.

    Can any one translate this into the Queens English?

    You have already been shown the door regarding acceleration differentials.

  • foxspeed 08 Apr 2013

    Technomatt said:
    Your mathematical analysis is impeccable Vambo.

    Many people are not experienced in translating small time segments into physical distances and real world performance advantages.
    all depends on what you base a car length....

    anyway unlike some troll that only posts in certain threads to have a go and when it suits change their mind one minutes its rubbish the next its brilliant...

    you missed the point - it was stated the new had more power and the old less but only a 0.6sec or so difference....go figure out what was said!!!

  • The Vambo 02 Apr 2013

    Technomatt said:
    What I did miss is mentioning those certain posters that actually have no original thought or comment and only seem to post to criticise other peoples analysis or predictions.
    Christ, I didn't realise how cutting my last post was.

  • Technomatt 02 Apr 2013

    The Vambo said:
    Technomatt said:
    Yep, I sort of agree and even though PH commentators are a narrow % of the buying public, they are entitled to make valid, accurate and representative proclamations about specific aspects of the industry from relevant and specific viewpoints..... yet people still try to act as if they already have all the answers and if only you were as clever, it would be all so very clear.
    You missed the bit about predicting future sales failure and trying to pass it off as a certainty.
    What I did miss is mentioning those certain posters that actually have no original thought or comment and only seem to post to criticise other peoples analysis or predictions.

  • Dagnut 02 Apr 2013

    nickfrog said:
    Well it's a regular conversation between us and their friends and both me and the Mrs seem to score quite well actually..

    Maybe you're judging me by your own standards ?
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    Bart: Dad, what you just said was powerfully uncool.
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    Lisa: That song is so lame.
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    Bart+Lisa: No.
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    right?
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    everything here.
    Homer: Wait, Marge. Maybe if you're truly cool, you don't need to
    be told you're cool.
    Bart: Well, sure you do.
    Lisa: How else would you know?

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