2002 Renault Clio 172 Cup


  • Desirable Mondial Blue paintwork unique to Cup
  • The ultimate 2000s hot-hatch
  • Uprated engine rolling roaded at 196bhp in 2018
  • Recent timing belt, tensioners and dephaser
  • Ready for road or track

The Appeal

Back in the early 2000s, Renault were king of the hot hatches and their nimble handling Clio was one of the ultimate track day weapons (and still dominates its class at sprints and hillclimbs). The recipe was simple – fit a lightweight and compact hatchback with a tuned 2.0-litre engine and add razor sharp handling. The Phase 1 Clio 172 launched in the spring of 2000 and featured a 170bhp (172PS) 1998cc 16-valve engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The updated Phase 2 172 came out in June 2001 and boasted a stiffened chassis, 16-inch alloys, Xenon headlights and climate control (rather than the air-con of the previous model). The Cup model arrived in August 2002 and was the most hardcore Clio 172 version with even stiffer suspension and a paired back spec that deleted Xenons, air con and ABS to give a 99kh saving in weight for an even better power-to-weight ratio. It was only offered in Iceberg Silver or Mondial Blue.

This particular car has been extensively overhauled by the previous owner with some sensible upgrades to make it more fun on track days. It comes with paperwork to show all the work done and produced 196bhp on a rolling road in November 2018.  With a comprehensive service at Renault specialists Diamond Motors in August 2023 – including the all-important timing belt, tensioner and dephaser renewal - it’s all ready to be enjoyed on a sweeping A-road or your local track.

The History and Paperwork

  • V5C present in current owners name
  • Current owner since October 2022
  • Original service wallet and book pack
  • Large file of invoices
  • MoT’d until 21 February 2024
  • Oil and filter service at 123,600 miles
  • £862.88 service at Diamond Motors, Renault specialist in August 2023
  • Timing belt and tensioners replaced by Diamond in August 2023
  • New dephaser pulley fitted by Diamond in August 2023

The Interior

  • Grey cloth seats are unripped with minor patina to driver’s seat bolsters
  • Rear grey seats in good condition with minor sag to passenger side fabric panel
  • Uprated Nardi three-spoke leather steering wheel with patina to leather rim
  • Original Renault steering wheel included
  • Blue detailing to dash trim and gearknob
  • Paired back Cup spec interior
  • Electric windows and mirrors
  • Steering column radio controls
  • Original Cabasse radio
  • Radio display slightly dulled at lefthand edge
  • Aluminium drilled pedals
  • Overall condition is good for the mileage

The Exterior 

  • Mondial Blue paintwork is in reasonable condition for year
  • Minor light scratches to passenger mirror housing
  • Front bumper is not original and has holes drilled in outer edges
  • Tailgate has small scratch and dent under Clio badge
  • Front light lenses all intact
  • Tail-lights all intact
  • Original light grey 16-inch alloys are in good condition
  • Front tyres are Avon ZV7 tyres in 195/45 ZR16 size (dated 2021)
  • Rear tyres are Jinyu YU61 tyres in 205/45 ZR16 size (dated 2015)

The Mechanics 

  • 2.0-litre 16V engine sounded fine on start up 
  • Engine has been remapped and was rolling roaded at 196bhp in 2018
  • EML light on dash due to decatted stainless steel exhaust fitted (still runs fine)
  • Polyurethane uprated engine mount
  • High flow induction tube and Ram Air cone filter fitted
  • Original steering wheel and many spare parts included
  • Current owner says it drives well
  • Fully serviced and ready to be enjoyed
  • Original steering wheel and a box of spares included 


It’s hard to imagine a more engaging hot hatch than the Renault Clio 172 and the 2.0-litre 16V normally aspirated engines are a delight to drive. This one is no exception and comes with the all-important Cup chassis and a 196bhp engine upgrade to make it even more fun. With a recent timing belt service it’s just begging to be flung into a corner on your favourite stretch of tarmac.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2002
  • Make Renault
  • Model Clio
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 124,451 Miles
  • Engine size 1998
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Burton-on-Trent
  • Location Derbyshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids
  • veritat•••• £1,500 23/09/23
  • Bako81 £1,337 23/09/23
  • martin-•••• £1,200 23/09/23
  • Djwinny £1,000 20/09/23

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