Renault lifts lid on the Cup

07 November 2007

Renault's Clio Renaultsport 197 Cup hot hatch is now on sale and costs from £14,995.

The Cup chassis, which was used for the limited-edition Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team R27, has a lower ride height to enhance cornering, and adjusted suspension to improve handling, steering and stability.

Features include red brake callipers, 17-inch alloy wheels and special Cup badges, but the car has been stripped of non-essential equipment in pursuit of extra performance.

That means you won't find cruise control, a speed limiter, electric door mirrors or a steering-wheel height and reach adjuster.

However, although air-conditioning and curtain airbags have been removed, they are available as options, priced at £525 and £200 respectively.

In addition, the entire Clio Renaultsport range now benefits from longer fifth and sixth gears, which provide better motorway economy and less engine noise.

The car is only available in three colours: blue, white and metallic grey.

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