Pair of hot Renaults with sporting pedigree

renault clio
renault clio

I SAMPLED a couple of models recently that boy racers would dearly love to get their hands on.

They were both from the Renault stable and they didn’t disappoint when it came to hot performance.

megane reanult sport

megane reanult sport

First up was the Megane Renaultsport 250 Cup which proved to be a real sizzler.

Powered by a 2-litre 250bhp engine, this model races out of the blocks with a sprint time of just 6.1 seconds to reach 62mph.

If you’re on a racetrack you could push this Megane up towards its 156mph limit so at legal speeds it was hardly breaking sweat.

Throttle

A firm ride is guaranteed in the Cup which features two chassis settings – standard Sport and Cup with a limited slip differential.

A drive on some winding, country roads doesn’t take long to convince you that it is ideally suited to this terrain as it clings to the tarmac and responds to the throttle and gear changes.

The engine gives a fair rasp when you push the revs, going up and down the six-speed manual gearbox, and there was plenty of power for overtaking manoeuvres.

Excellent braking is required with high-performers like this and it’s provided by huge 340mm ventilated grooved front disc brakes with red Brembo four-pot callipers and 290mm discs to the rear.

This coupe lives up to its purposeful look which includes extended wheel arches and side sills, 18-inch satin black alloy wheels, front air diffuser and additional rear spoiler.

The sporting theme continues inside with yellow rev-counter background as well as yellow stitching on the black interior and steering wheel.

The test car had optional £1,025 Recaro seats which provided superb comfort but could cause some serious damage to your thigh if you don’t quite perfect getting in over the raised side.

On the road price for this model is £24,020 or you could opt for the more lavish 250 for an extra £1,000 but it comes without the Cup suspension pack

Next up in my sporting Renault drives was an exclusive model – the Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider.

This hot hatch is limited to just 50 cars for UK customers and you find the unique 1-50 Raider plaque between the front seats.

It looked stunning in matt Diavolo Red with gloss black finish to the roof, rear spoiler F1-style front blade, rear diffuser and door mirrors.

The 18-inch wheels also get the gloss black finish with red Brembo brake callipers.

The model is also distinguished by its extra tinted rear side and tailgate windows and a Raider badge.

It’s a little slower off the mark than the previous model but still takes a mere 6.9 seconds to reach 62mph and boasts a top speed of 141mph from the 2-litre 200bhp engine.

Stunners

Again, it’s a model that you can enjoy fast driving in but I felt the firm suspension was a bit too harsh. A seemingly endless amount of potholes on my route didn’t help matters.

But it you want to stand out from the crowd in a car that is as hot as it looks then hurry along with your £21,695 to get one of these 50 little stunners.

Both cars were impressive, especially on the performance side, but just not my cup of tea for every day driving – a bit too firm on the suspension side and too painful on my left thigh.