ClioSport Club Member
E90 LCI 330d
Well, as I said a few days ago, my mates Dad owns our local Renault Dealership (handy) and they got a Cup in stock on Monday.
Just been down now to see it (again) and driven it!
This thing is brand spanking new and had done a mere 24 miles when I drove it and it was still on trade plates, so is fresh and *was* unmolested !
Now, I dunno what Renault have done exactly, but it is as quick now with a brand new/tight engine as a normal 172 is when it is run in!
This aint just a case of shedding a few kgs here, summat else has changed too. I beleive there are some other differences and the ECU is sumat that may mate has heard is different.
It pulls well below the 5k power band too, with plenty of torque. Was doing 80mph in 5th on the motorway and it just went when I acclerated. Better than my mates mk1.
Sooooo... we need to find out *exactly* what is different and my mate is now on the case.
However, this is the bit youre gonna be interested in...
Next week, we are getting the Cup, a 51 plate mk2 172, a Y Reg mk1 172 and a Y Reg V6 Clio and taking all 4 of them "somewhere" to do back-to-back comparisons of the 4 variants!
Well all be driving all 4 cars and then well get an idea of just how different they actually are in both performance and drivability/handling terms.
Watch this space...
p.s. Captain - You wanna come along?!