Clio Renaultsport 197 Lux

If you’re the sort of person who likes a hot hatch to be festooned with luxurious goodies, Renault have your ideal car in the form of the Renaultsport Clio 197 Lux.

The Lux trim level adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps and wipers, cornering headlights, tinted rear windows, an MP3 CD player and Renaultsport carpet mats.

External changes are limited to brushed Raider alloy wheels and a satin chrome finish to the door mirrors and to the air vents in the front wings. The Lux is available in five different colours, consisting of Ultra Red, Racing Blue, Glacier White (a £150 option), metallic Deep Black (£375) and metallic Albi Blue (£375).

If all of that isn’t enough you can happily spend even more money on items such as a panoramic sunroof (£600), granite dashboard (£10,000)*, electrically folding door mirrors (£100), xenon headlamps (£550), Teasmade (£50)*, Speedline wheels in either white or black (£100) and the sporty Cup chassis (£400).

You can have a Clio Renaultsport 197 Lux for £16,995, which seems like good value as you’re effectively getting £2000 worth of optional extras for just £1,000 more than a standard 197.

The first 100 customers to place an order will receive a pipe and slippers*, featuring the Renaultsport logo, so they can relax in their new Clio’s leather seats just like they would at home.

* If you haven’t guessed, not all this post is factually correct. For God’s sake, why add all of this extra weight to a fantastic hot hatch? All it’ll do is ruin the handling and blunt the performance! Renault should be doing exactly what they’ve done with the Megane R26.R and produce a stripped-out, lightweight version of the Clio 197.


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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