First Drive – BBR Morego 202

First Drive – BBR Morego 202

‘You might think that, with a 0-60mph of 6.3sec, the last thing the Clio 182 needs is more power, but that hasn’t stopped tuner BBR (Brodie Brittain Racing). In creating the Morego 202, it has endowed the Clio with an extra 22bhp, taking peak output to 202bhp (hence the name) and lifting torque to 168lb ft.

The Clio alterations comprise of a sports air filter, new exhaust (rear of the catalyst), high-lift camshaft and recalibrated ECU. The mods come to £1250 if you fit them yourself, £1850 if somebody else does the legwork – in which case you’ll also get a traction-improving camber adjustment.

The changes are subtle but effective. At low revs, the Morego retains the 182’s generous powerband, but there’s a bigger kick at the 5200 rpm valve-timing change and the extra bhp are most noticeable from there round to the 7800rpm rev-limiter. Best of all is that the new exhaust (available at £398 on its own) adds a fruity rasp to the engine’s otherwise boomy nature. The suspension adjustments, meanwhile, mean that the wheels remain fairly untroubled by the power, at the expense of a little tram-lining.

Modifications are covered by a three-year warranty, with the rest of the Clio retaining the standard manufacturer warranty, and Morego is currently bringing a few dealers on-side to fit the parts. Is it worth it? Debatable. We like the changes, love the exhaust note, but £1850 buys a lot of track days.’

Matt Prior

Morego’s say:

Neil Mckay: Unfortunately NASP engine tuning and development is labour intensive and hence not cheap! – Price aside, a good write up for our 202 conversion (especially for a tuned car tested by the enormously critical Autocar).