So proud to be loud
Renault’s high-flyer is designed strictly for those who crave an instant impression
IF THE music is too loud, you’re too old. The same goes if the springs are too stiff. I can always turn down the volume on the audio but I’mway too old for the highly sprung Renault Clio Sport 200 Gordini Edition. This is a car aimed more at the cashed-up youth market.
At $39,140, it’s not cheap for a manual three-door hatch but it’s more powerful and cheaper than the Mini Cooper S and Honda Civic Type-R and a bit more expensive and less powerful than a Golf GTI.
There are cruise and speed limiter control, multi-function trip computer, climate control airconditioning, streaming audio Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB inputs, leather trim, cornering lights and auto lights and wipers.
It bears the name of Renault’s famous engine tuner yet this is an exercise in styling rather than tuning. It has the same engine output as the other Clio RS models.
It’s like stepping out in a nice suit while wearing brightly coloured trainers. It just doesn’t work. The Gordini badge shows up all over the place, there are GT stripes running from front to back, drilled aluminium pedals, F1-style spoiler, the steering wheel has a centring stripe like a rally car and ‘‘ Renault Sport’’ lettering adorns the front and back windows like a race car.
You can’t blame Renault for plundering its heritage, given its current F1 position and its long history of rallying success.
It has six airbags, ABS and stability control. The latter is
‘‘ sports tuned’’ for late intervention.
I left my spleen somewhere on