It is now 16 years since the first Renaultsport badged car arrived in the form of the no compromise and strictly limited edition Spider. The Clio Renaultsport 172 was launched in March 2000, fitted with a 2.0 litre engine.
Two years later the Clio Renaultsport 172 Cup broke cover, which provided better performance at a cheaper price. Since then the Clio and Megane hatches have been given the Renaultsport treatment, with a constant stream of hardcore versions.
The ultimate production model came in April 2003 when Renaultsport released the Clio Renaultsport V6 255, which replaced the slightly disappointing original model of 2000. A 3.0 litre, 24-valve V6 engine delivered 255bhp at 7,150rpm and hit 62mph from standing in 5.8 seconds.
The latest offering is the Megane 250, fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, producing 247bhp and 251lb ft of torque.
Tomorrow you can read the first verdict of the new car at autocar.co.uk