The 2003 Renault Clio Range | Part Two

The 2003 Dynamique range gains three new engines – 1.4 16V and 1.6 16V petrol engines plus the 80bhp 1.5dCi unit – as well as a single CD/radio Hi-Fi as standard.

Starting from a base of the Expression trim, the Dynamique adds 15” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, rear boot spoiler, sports ratio steering rack, sports suspension, leather steering wheel, sports front seats, trip computer, aluminium finish instrument surround and height and lumbar adjustable driver’s seat.

In addition to this improved specification, Renault is now offering its customers the ability to improve the personalisation on their Clio Dynamique. All optional equipment for Clio Dynamique is now offered in Option Packs grouping together the most popular selections of options.

Seven option packs are offered to Clio Dynamique customers.

    Previous individual cost Pack Price Customer Advantage
SOUND 6 CD multi-changer Speaker System upgrade 4x40W £395 £345 £50
COOL all except 1.6 16V Climate Control Electric Sunroof with blind £890 £795 £95
COOL 1.6 16V Climate Control in lieu of a/c Electric Sunroof with blind £390 £295 £95
CONTROL ESP Cruise Control with Speed Limiter £945 £795 £150
TECHNO Satellite Navigation 6 CD Multi-changer £1,295 £1,095 £200
STYLE Metallic Paint Xenon headlamps with Wash £790 £695 £95
DIGI all except 1.6 16V Climate Control Electric Sunroof with blind Multi-CD & uprated 4x40W Speaker System £1,285 £995 £290
DIGI 1.6 16V Climate Control in lieu of a/cElectric Sunroof with blind Multi-CD & uprated 4x40W Speaker System £785 £595 £190

In addition to these option packs, Renault also offers the individual options of Xenon headlamps with headlamp wash, Metallic paint, and Hand’s free telephone kit.

Finally, there are now three Clio Renaultsport models in the 2003 Clio Sport Collection:

172, 172 Cup and V6 255.

The Clio Renaultsport 172 adds sports unique body styling including enlarged front wings and body coloured front spoiler, body coloured rear roof spoiler, 16” alloy wheels, perforated leather and alcantara upholstery with Renaultsport badging, leather and aluminium gearknob, optimum gearchange indicator light and 8,000rpm rev counter, drilled aluminium pedals, illuminated vanity mirrors, body coloured side mouldings and door handles and metallic paint, and of course the 172bhp 2.0 16V engine that provides all that enjoyment.

It also includes climate control, xenon headlamps with auto height adjustment and power wash, automatic rain sensitive wiper and automatic headlamps. And although Multi-CD system is now a £295 option, being replaced by a single CD/radio Hi-Fi, the overall price of the Clio Renaultsport 172 has dropped by £500 to £14,595 on the road, making it even better value.

The limited run of Clio Renaultsport 172 Cup has now been extended following all 500 units of the UK’s initial allocation being sold out, with production continuing throughout 2003.

This lightweight version of the Clio 172, available in one exclusive colour, Mondial Blue, and shod with special 16-inch Speedline "Turini" wheels is a highly focused special edition intended for drivers keen on the utmost enjoyment who may use the car on track days or in Group N production car rallying for which the car has been homologated. Taking as its base the Clio 172, this special edition offers a finely honed sporting appearance inside and out, and a suspension system modified for more incisive behaviour.

With weight reduced by 89kg – a reduction of 8% - following the removal of air-conditioning, ABS, side airbags and xenon headlamps, stowage drawer under the passenger seat, carpet covers, plus the addition of thinner front door windows, a non-damped, non heat-reflective windscreen and two anti-puncture inflators in place of the full size spare wheel, Clio Cup offers unparalleled driving performance in the class, including a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds.

Apart from the saving in weight, the ABS has also been removed because it is not suited to competition use. The braking system has been redesigned to adapt to extreme conditions of use. The braking power is retained but the degree of assistance has been reduced to make it easier to apply progressive braking while driving to the limit.

Last but certainly not least is the new Clio Renaultsport V6 255. Showcasing the styling of the latest-generation Clio, the new Clio V6 is the hottest hatch ever, increasing its power output by 25bhp up to 255bhp, while reducing its 0-62mph time to under six seconds.

The new Clio V6 features a new chassis together with 18-inch OZ Superturismo wheels, and a 3-litre 24-valve V6 engine delivering 255bhp at 7,150rpm and 300Nm at 4,650rpm. The six-speed gearbox benefits from specific developments, including a shorter final drive, revised internal gear ratios and shorter selector movements.

New Clio V6's new design blends thoroughbred character with flowing lines. The smooth bumper with vertical lower section extended by a stiff blade improves the distribution of airflow. Together with the new rear hatch wing, this considerably increases aerodynamic downforce for greater efficiency.

Standard equipment and pricing for the Clio V6 255 will be announced closer to the on sale date of Spring of 2003.

Published 31 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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