Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Hot hatch has mass appeal

FOLLOWING in the tyremarks of its potent sibling, Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC, Renault has confirmed UK pricing and specification

FOLLOWING in the tyremarks of its potent sibling, Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC, Renault has confirmed UK pricing and specification for its more affordable brother, the GT-Line 120 EDC.

Priced at £17,395, the new version sits between the TCe 90 Dynamique S MediaNav and the 200hp range-topper. With 120hp turbocharged power on tap, allied to much of the hot hatch style, but lower running and purchase costs, Renault wants it to have broad customer appeal.

Developed by Renaultsport, the five-door Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC is powered by a new turbocharged, direct-injection 1.2-litre petrol engine. It has a six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission via steering column-mounted gear shift paddles.

The newcomer also benefits from two key differences to lesser Clios. Firstly, a Sport Chassis as standard, with 40 per cent stiffer dampers and specific stops. Secondly, the added bonus of R.S. Drive. This system offers two driving modes (instead of three on the halo model), Normal and Sport. Pressing the button sharpens up the car’s responses, including the engine and gearbox mapping, ESC settings, steering feeling and throttle pedal response. Selecting Sport mode shaves 30 milliseconds off the already impressive shift time of 200ms for the gearchange. It also retains the multi-changedown function of the 200 Turbo EDC, usually the preserve of supercars, simply by holding down the downshift paddle.

The Clio GT-Line 120 EDC comes in five colours: metallic Malta Blue, white, metallic Flame Red, Diamond Black and Mercury.

By Nigel Wigmore

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