The Renault Clio is one of the best selling small cars in Europe. The affordable and practical Clio has gained popularity with chic television commercials. Featuring self confident sexy French women, a desirable image has been crafted for an ultimately unattractive car. Alongside the lifestyle marketing, a reputation for outrageous hot hatches has developed into near cult status for the range topping Renault Sport versions of the car.
Previous hot hatches include the Renault 5 GT Turbo and the Clio Williams. More recently the line has included the Clio 172 and Trophy V6. The car is now entering a third iteration under the Clio name and a hot version of the ‘new look’ Clio is promised. Initial reactions to the new shape suggest however that the outgoing 172 will be more desireable car.
For the simple and predictable reason that I owned one in 2001, this section features the Clio RENAULTsport 172 and has images, links and some pertinent information about the car.