Renault Clio GT has sporty looks without the raw power
WANT the fast looks of a Renault Clio RS but don't need the power? A new GT promising more show than go will arrive in Australia during April.
The Renault Clio GT 120 EDC is designed for buyers who want an athletic looking hatch but have no need for the raw driving performance.
Pricing is yet to be released, but expect it to be squeezed between the Clio RS200 (from $28,790) and the Dynamique Clio (from $23,290).
Exterior features include a front bumper incorporating wide-set LED lights, a special rear bumper design, twin exhaust tailpipes, body-coloured side protective mouldings with dark metal insert, dark metal door mirror housings, extra-tinted rear glass and special 17-inch wheels, plus GT badging beneath the Renault logo at the front and rear.
The new Renault Clio GT 120 EDC can also be ordered in an exclusive Malta Blue finish.
Inside, the bolstered, sport seats boast specific upholstery with GT-branded head rests. The upper part of the dashboard features a speckled grey finish, in addition to grey trim highlights. The two fixed EDC gearshift paddles are mounted behind the leather-trimmed sports steering wheel.
Clio GT is only available with the TCe120 EDC powertrain. This 1.2-litre 90kW turbo engine delivers peak torque of 190Nm and drives through six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
With this powertrain, Clio GT's average fuel consumption is 5.2 litres/100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 120g/km.
The Clio GT's multi-mode RS Drive function allows drivers to choose between a number of power steering calibrations and accelerator pedal and dual-clutch automatic transmission mappings. In Sport mode, acceleration is more responsive and gearshifts are faster.
"We have been delighted by the successful launch of the award-winning Clio in Australia and we are confident the Clio GT will add a new and very appealing dimension to the range," Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar said.
"The Megane range was the first in Australia to introduce the Renault Sport-created GT versions in mid-2013, and they have already developed a loyal following.
"Australia is a strong market for sporty models and the new Clio GT is aimed at a customer looking for a slightly sportier driving experience than the standard Clio."