The Hot-Hatch market was turned on its head when Renault launched the remarkable Clio Renaultsport 172 – the car that made ‘Va-Va-Voom’ a household phrase.

Oozing sports performance and with eye-catching good looks the 172 remains one of the most phenomenal cars of its genre – the 0-62mph time of just seven seconds and the low profile chassis and 16-inch alloys provided the 172 with tremendous speed and handling characteristics.

Combining road-going excellence with high levels of distinction the Clio Renaultsport 172 maintained its lofty position in the fiercely-contested hot-hatch market throughout the whole time it was in production.


Model Information

Launch date January 2000
Changes June 2000 – New colours available: Sunflower Yellow, Odyssey Blue, Pearl Black, Flame Red
January 2001 – Titanium replaced by Iceberg Silver
February 2001 – Exclusive introduced. Scarab Green with grey leather interior. BBS alloys. 172 produced
Phase 2: June 2001
July 2002 – ESP fitted as standard
November 2002 – Multi CD becomes optional. Price reduced to £14,595
Date production ended December 2003
Total UK Registrations Phase 1: 1,357
Phase 2: 3,059
Total: 4,416
Total Registrations Phase 1: 14,022
Phase 2: 20,776
Total: 34,798
MRRP at launch £15,995