Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Renaultsport Clio 200 Raider

Nineties hot hatch enthusiasts will recognise the Raider name from the run-out Renault 5 Turbo, a special edition that featured wacky paint and a variety of extras from the Renault parts bin. It's become something of an icon, so the name isn't one to be bandied about lightly.
...but Renault are good at this kind of thing. In the case of the Clio 200 Raider, they start with the already excellent 200 Cup and add the obligatory mad colour scheme (in this case, a choice of matt grey or matt red - and not wraps either, but proper matt paint). It also receives 18" alloys with Bridgestone tyres, and leather Recaro seats, as well as the option of either Tom Tom sat-nav or Renault's excellent Renaultsport Monitor, allowing you to measure lateral G-forces, lap times, acceleration times and so forth. It's built for fun, this thing.
It also costs an eye-watering £21,695 and they're only building fifty of them, so the likelihood is that a lot of Raiders will be bought by collectors and used sparingly, which is a shame for such a capable little pocket rocket. But hey, it exists, and we can all be thankful for that.
Pics via Evo

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