Renault has thrown down a challenge to other hot hatch manufacturers by putting a £14,995 list price on the new Clio Renaultsport 197 Cup.
This is notably small money for a near-200bhp car with carefully tuned suspension modified from that found on the standard 197. Part of the reason for the low price is that the Cup is deliberately lacking in equipment for reasons of low weight, and therefore better handling and straightline performance.
That will please the hardcore element, but if you don't want to go quite that far there are several items on the options list to make life more comfortable. Air-conditioning, for example, is a £525 extra, and if you want to retain the curtain airbags it will cost you another £200.
You don't, however, get cruise control, a speed limiter, electric door mirrors or the hands-free keycard system. And the steering wheel isn't adjustable for reach, which seems an odd omissions in a car so obviously intended for sporty driving.
Other options include lightweight Recaro seats for £850, a satin black finish on the 17" Speedline alloy wheels for £175, and two alternative paint schemes. The standard colour for the Cup is non-metallic Racing Blue, but in response to customer demand Renault is offering Glacier White as a £150 option. The remaining choice is metallic Nimbus grey for £360.