It's safe to say we were pretty big fans of the previous Renaultsport Clio 200, a three-time nominee in the Hot Hatch category of our What Car? Car of the Year Awards.
However, this latest version marks something of a change of direction for fast Clios. Not only is it the first to be fitted with a turbocharged engine, it's also the first with an automatic gearbox - no manual version is offered. If you're worried this means the chaps at Renaultsport have forgotten what hot hatches are all about then fear not, because the new Clio RS is lighter than the model it replaces and is packed with technology to help you accelerate quicker and go round corners faster.
More of a concern for the Clio is that it faces some pretty stiff competition from the brilliant Ford Fiesta ST, a car we've already described as 'a classic in the making' and one that undercuts the Clio on price.
Read on to see if the Clio should be at the very top of your hot hatch shortlist.