Renault Rolls Off Clio Gordini RS No. 1,000

It's been a successful year for Renault's Gordini version of the Clio, at least judging by the number of models produced since the introduction of the model in May last year and March 9, the date when Renault rolled off the assembly lines in the Alpine plant in Dieppe the 1,000th unit of the model.

The Clio Gordini RS, introduced as an incentive for the younger, more sport-oriented segment of the Renault buyers, the model was launched last year packing a 2.0l naturally aspirated engine, good for 203 horsepower and 215 Nm.

Launched with a choice of two chassis configurations, Sport or Cup, the Clio Gordini RS is distinguished by its defining blue paint and white stripes that run the length of the body, as well as by the Gordini Series badges and 17-inch alloy. The front bumper and rear diffuser come with gloss black highlights, while the exterior mirrors and front ornament come painted in white.

Since the re-introduction of the Gordini series, the French manufacturer has continuously expanded the lineup to include models in manufacturers in various classes. The Gordini lineup now includes Twingo Gordini R.S., Clio Gordini R.S., Twingo Gordini and the more recent Wind Gordini, presented earlier this month at the Geneva Auto Show.

Yet, none of them seems to have the meaning (for Renault) and the appeal (for the customers) the Clio version has. In under a year since its launch, the model has become the second best-selling model in its segment in 5 of Renault's major European markets, with a market share of 16 percent.
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