Renault extending the Clio Gordini lineup

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 6, 2011

Just a few weeks after extending the Wind Roadster lineup to include a temptingly budget-friendly 1.2-litre version, the growing Gordini range now takes in two extra Clios, which have a starting price of £14,000. The Gordini lineup has been proven to be an immense hit, as demonstrated by the performance of the Clio Gordini which comprises 27 per cent of overall European sales of Clio Renaultsport and more than 10 per cent in the United Kingdom.

The latest variants of the iconic Gordini badge let buyers in the UK get the feel and look of the 200hp flagship Gordini, but with lower emission, fuel consumption, and running costs. They will debut in three-door form with the diesel 1.5 dCi 106 and petrol 1.6 VVT 128.

Putting a little extra appeal and power to the bestselling model range of Renault, the petrol model embraces the rev-loving engine from the former GT, itself slightly detuned from the Twingo Renaultsport 133.

In the warmed over Clio, it provides a dynamic performance of 0 mph to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds, coupled with an striking 42.2 mpg on the combined cycle. The Clio Gordini 128 costs £14,000 on-the-road. The second variant with the ‘French Touch’ features the much-admired 1.5 dCi 106.

It costs £14,950. With its performance and compact dimensions, the newcomer can run just as well on the open road as in the urban environment with the help of its standard six-speed gearbox.

It offers a rating of 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle, or 119 mph at the other end of the performance spectrum. Moreover, it only emits 110g CO2, and as a result, it is free from road fund license and only £20 is due in the second year. As expected, whichever engine buyers prefer, each variant retains the usual Gordini styling cues.

On the exterior part, its unmistakable personality comes by way of twin white racing stripes across the bonnet, tailgate and roof. Enhancing its sense of visual drama are coordinating front bumper strip and white electric folding door mirrors, Gordini badges, body color rear spoiler, twin tailpipe exhausts and 16” Turini alloy wheels. The other external accents include body colored side moldings and door handles, front fog lights, fixed cornering lights and extra tinted side and rear windows.

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