Having only recently bought my 16v I am well impressed to say the least. I was the proud owner of a 1.2 nova before and I cant beleive how good the clio is. For a car its size its very comfortable, very quick and Ive found itll bother cars with bigger engines - BMW 323, Audi A3 1.8T etc etc. I love the funny looks I get when I piss off Focus drivers - they dont know what to make of it all!
Aside from the bonnet vent and Arches its pretty unassuming - mine doesnt even have the 16v badge on the back so its only those in the know who, well, know.
Even more than the annoyed drivers of crappy cars I love the respect it gets from drivers of similar spec vehicles - several times Ive had looks and the occasional nod from RS Turbos - Escorts and Fiestas, 172 sports cant seem to resist a sly sideways glance either! But the very best thing about driving a 16v is the sense of community you get when out driving and you see another. 8 out of 10 16v drivers have given a nod, a wave or a flash of the lights - the kind of thing I only ever expected to see mini drivers doing and I love it!
Only last night I saw a fellow 16valver - also in white which is fairly rare and he waved gave a thumbs up when we stopped at the lights. Has anyone else found this? And what good things have others had happen when out for a drive?