The range allows buyers to get a similar look (we’re not fooled at all though!) to the 200hp flagship Gordini, but with lower fuel consumption, emissions and running costs, including insurance, the latest cars to wear the iconic Gordini badge debut in three-door form, with the petrol 1.6 VVT 128 and diesel 1.5 dCi 106.
As you might already know, the petrol version actually replaces the Clio GT, which will be phased out, itself slightly detuned from the grin-inducing Twingo Renaultsport 133. In the Clio worm hatch, it gives lively performance of 0-62 mph in 9.3 seconds, combined with an impressive 42.2 mpg on the combined UK cycle. The Clio Gordini 128 costs £14,000 on-the-road, so it’s an attractive package for less experienced road racers with limited cash.
Now onto the diesel burner, which comes in the form of a 1.5 dCi 106, costing £14,950 on the road today. Renault doesn’t have anything to boast about with only a 106 hp engine other than the fuel consumption, which stands at 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle. Emitting only 110g CO2, it is also free from road fund licence and only £20 in the second year.
On the outside, both variants share the usual Gordini styling cues. Its unmistakable personality comes by way of twin white racing stripes across the bonnet, roof and tailgate. Adding to its visual drama are some white electric folding door mirrors and front bumper strip, Gordini badges, 16” Turini alloy wheels, body colour rear spoiler and twin tailpipe exhausts.