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Nope, they wouldnt let us drive it (mind you in my case theyd seen how incompetent I was on the track already!)
I doubt itd feel any quicker, it probably rolls a bit less than standard but mines lowered anyway. Really nice looking car though, but I cant help thinking Id miss the creature comforts after a while. I do like the wheels though. The interior is a bit garish - lots of metallic blue trim everywhere.
Removing the sound-deadening is ok for a standard car, but it will probably become a bit boomy with a Magnex fitted which I imagine many owners would do at some stage.
BTW I did ask the Renault guys about warranty friendly mods like exhausts, induction kits etc and they told me they were unaware of any such thing, which is disappointing as they would have been suitable for all 172s. Ah well, back to Demon Tweeks it is then...
My local Renault Dealer took delivery of a 172 Cup this week. Its now in the showroom. Had a long peek at it. The engine looks really different with all the platic covers removed. In some ways it looks better - more hardcore. You can see why it is much cheaper than a std. 172. because they have taken all the extras outs. I would be tempted as a first time buyer. The only reservation I would personally have is it has no ABS which I feel I would miss.
Good things about this is that now we all have access to the parts bin. e.g. If you want to get rid of your spare wheel then just order the tyre foam with strap and the new plastic screw that holds the tool tray down to the floorpan.