New warm hatch for Renault Clio range
* New GT-Line model for supermini range * 1.2 turbo gives average economy of 54.3mpg * Available to order now, priced from 17,395...
This is the new Renault Clio GT-Line a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol model that sits below the Renaultsport 200 hot hatch.
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.