182Speed, handling, safety and comfort with compact size. That’s what has made the Clio a top-seller. Now Renaultsport gives it more.

A maximum speed of 139 mph comes from the 182 horsepower 2-litre 16-valve engine. More acceleration (0 to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds) comes from 200 Nm of torque at 5250 rpm.

Handling the power and torque – a five-speed gearbox and ventilated discs up front with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution and Traction Control with ESP. Providing the road-holding power – sports suspension settings, coupled with sports ratio hydraulic assisted steering and Michelin Exalto tyres on 8-spoke 16-inch alloys

182-gridThe Renault SRP’s combination of airbags and seatbelts provides safety, while for luxury there are part leather/Alcantara seats, a leather steering-wheel and gearknob, and aluminium -surround instruments.

And does the Clio Renaultsport 182 look the part? Does it! The colours are unique to Renaultsport, as are the wheels, and there’s the hallmark of the Renaultsport magic, twin exhausts that show it means business.

Members note: It’s said Darius Javadian owns the best 182 and Tom Brentnall has a shedferno.