This is a Renault Clio RS in Gordini clothes, so let’s see what’s different. First of all, the car is finished in Bleu Malte, a color that brings back the Gordini shade of blue of the past. It gets two longitudinal glacier white stripes, which are also present on the steering wheel, which have little “G”s on them. White is also used for the front splitter, inspired from Renault’s F1 cars, as well as for the exterior mirrors.
Besides the Gordini color scheme and the Gordini Series (this is how the qualifying rounds of the former Gordini Cup were called) badges that sit on the sides of the car, you also notice the standard RS bits and pieces (if we can call these “standard), such as the aforementioned racing nose and the black diffuser at the rear, which reminds us of the massive aerodynamic elements used by Pikes Peak cars more than anything else.
This incorporates the two exhaust pipes, which are, double fake. This means that the actual tip of the exhaust is followed by not one but two ornaments that we have to admit, make the whole thing look great. Renault’s go-fast division went even further with the spices, throwing in a roof wing.
The increased track meant that the car needed beefier wheelarches, which then had to be helped by bolder side skirts. Unlike on the Megane RS, where the extra muscle on the wheel arches and the side skirts feels a bit cheap, as it comes in the form of plastic add-ons, here the new shapes are beautifully integrated into the car and you could swear that they were there from the 1.2-liter beginning.
Of course, the aforementioned generous wheelarches had to be filled with some rims and the Gordini version uses Beebop Diamantées Bleues that demonstrate bling doesn’t have to mean bad taste.
Even your grandma will tell you that the RS is a completely different animal compared to a standard one and the Godrini version highlights the differences even more (you can also have the Gordini trim on the standard Clio, but it’s not as rich). Compared to the Megane RS we drove last year, this is clearly a more stylish way of boosting appearance.
And you know what’s funny? You wouldn’t expect EUR22,300 (USD28,870), the starting price for the RS Gordini, to be enough to buy you respect on the streets of, let say... Monaco, but we reckon it is.Continue reading
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The Clio RS Gordini is the type of vehicle that deserves to be treated with respect thanks to the fact that they offer something that will soon be lost: driving purity. Of course, this is not... ahem... my kind of car, I couldn’t drive something that calls itself sporty and is left behind by a V6 diesel on the highway, but I do appreciate its value
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