ClioSport Club Member
E90 LCI 330d
Tonight (courtesy of my mate who owns our local Renault garage) we went out and had a little play with the various models of RenaultSport Clios, to see how they compare.
We ran a mk1 172, a mk1 V6, a mk2 172 and a Cup all against each other on some superb A & B roads and then used an AP-22 to get some rough figures too.
We were suppossed to have Captian in his mk2 172, a Civic Type-R (would have been interesting) and an Ibiza Cupra (1.8 20v T) too, but they couldnt make it this time. However, we shall be doing some more in the future...
The mk1 just got trounced by all the other 3 all night, but the rest of them were surprisingly close.
The best part of the whole night was the fact that the Cup (with less than 100 miles on it) and the mk2 172 (about 8000 miles on) were virtually as quick as the V6 (quite a lot of miles on) and we got the figures to prove it!
Figures from AP-22:
Clio 172 mk1:
0-60 - 7.1secs
0-100 - 21.2secs
Clio 172 mk2:
0-60 - 6.34secs
0-100 - 17.07secs
0-60 - 6.67secs
0-100 - n/a
Clio V6 mk1:
0-60 - 6.25secs
0-100 - 16.57
We were impressed when the mk2 172 ran a 0-60 just 0.42secs slower than the V6, but when the 0-100 time was a mere 0.5secs slower we were gob smacked!!!
The Cup was not too far behind either for 0-60, but we had to abandon the tests and so never got a better 0-60 run in and a cr@p 0-100 run in, so no real figures, just the general feel and the "on the road" comparison to go off really.
The "on the road" comparison showed that the Cup is deffo as quick as the V6 as well, no doubt.
Drove the Cup most of the night (I was hogging it), then the Mk2 on the way home (to get a good comparison) and they are different in more ways than youd think.
The Cup is similar performance to the mk2 172 in a sprint start, but get it rolling and the mid range punch and top end are just superb. It just picks up so well in the higher gears at speed and just stuck to the V6 like glue. Once its run in then I have no doubt that we are talking about some serious piece of kit!
Handling wise, the mk2 is better than the mk1 too (better steering) and is a very nice drive, but the Cup just has a slightly different feel and is more responsive and twitchy (cant think of the right words) on the steering and the feedback is excellent, great sharp turn in, something that makes it excting to drive.
As for the question about the seats being cr@p, well thats b0ll0x, they are great, comfy & supportive and I found the driving position fine at 6 3" tall, with my size 12s, so most people aint gonna have any trouble.
The toss up between a Cup and a mk2 172 is a close one to call. Both are great cars and offer different things, but I can feel myself edging towards the Cup...
p.s. I am still buzzing after all that!!!