New warm hatch for Renault Clio range
Its 1.2-litre engine produces 118bhp and 140lb ft of torque, giving warm hatch performance of 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 121mph. It's available only with Renault's dual-clutch automatic transmission, which features steering-column-mounted gearshift paddles.
The GT-Line was developed by Renaultsport and is fitted with a 'sport' chassis as standard, as well as shock absorbers that are 40% stiffer than those on the regular car. RS Drive software also allows the driver to switch between Normal and Sport driving modes – the latter sharpens the throttle response and quickens gearchanges.
Renault has given the car plenty of styling upgrades, including 17-inch alloys, revised front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser and spoiler, plus twin chrome exhaust tailpipes.
In the cabin, the GT-Line gets chrome and gloss black detailing, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and sports seats. Renault's R-Link touch-screen infotainment and navigation system is also standard.
An upgraded sound system, Bluetooth, keyless entry and start, and air-conditioning complete the standard kit list.
The starting price for the GT-Line is £17,395, which is £1600 less than the range-topping Renaultsport 200, but £400 more than the Ford Fiesta ST, which will do 0-62mph 3.0 seconds faster.
However, Renault is hoping to tempt buyers with the GT-Line's lower running and insurance costs. Average economy is 54.3mpg, and CO2 emissions are 120g/km. That means zero-rated road tax in its first year and just £30 annually thereafter.
The Renault Clio GT-Line is available to order now, with the first deliveries expected in September.
By Ed Callow