Many hot hatches are a paradox: their size and short gearing fully recommends them for city driving, but the hard ride and seats, as well as the difficult clutches, keeps them from being good daily drivers. Well, the Clio RS Gordini couldn’t be further from this.
Renault Sport really knows how to make a civilized fast car and it has fully used its expertise on this model. In fact, tackling the urban jungle using the Clio RS Gordini made us think we know what fishes feel when they manage to fall back into the water after spending some time out of it. It’s a feeling of absolute freedom and the car is so nimble that you just wouldn’t want to let go of the steering wheel.
The first three ratios, which have now been shortened, are perfect from delivering that all-needed deadly punch, but all the gearing, together with the elasticity of the engine (thank you variable intake valve work!) allows you to go for a relaxed drive to the office and back at 2,000 rpm if this is what you want.
This elasticity also allows you to reach the fuel efficiency level announced by the carmaker if you try, but let’s be honest, who’s going to do that?
Yes, the visibility is good, but going for the rear parking sensors is always a good idea, especially since the wider track means that your wheels are a bit more threatened by curbs than in a normal Clio. Oh and yes, we would’ve liked a tighter turning circle. The 288 liters of the boot might not sound like much, but we’d be surprised if any of you has a girlfriend that won’t be pleased with that.
We were laughing for a lot of the time when we were behind the wheel, just knowing that we’re driving a car that is both the most comfortable and the fastest in the sub-compact hot hatch segment. God, we wish they had cars like this in driving school!Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
You don’t want to know what happened to me after you guys came and showed me the new Clio Gordini RS. It was the strangest experience I’ve ever had since I opened my car interior shop and even now I still can’t believe this happened.
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