The Renault Clio GT has officially launched in Australia, bridging the gap between the standard city car and its hot-hatch RS flagship.
Intended to provide local buyers with a sporty Renault Clio option but without the additional performance and cost of a full RS model, the Renault Clio GT sits between the top-spec $23,290 Clio Dynamique and the Clio RS200, priced from $29,290. That pricing positions it above the likes of automatic-equipped warm-hatch models like the Ford Fiesta Sport and Holden Barina RS, not to mention the manual-only Suzuki Swift Sport. It also puts it very close to the benchmark-setting Ford Fiesta ST hot-hatch.
Based on the all-new fourth-generation Clio and exclusively available in five-door guise, the Clio GT is powered by an 88kW/190Nm turbocharged 1.2-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine teamed to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Claiming combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100km, CO2 emissions of 120 grams per kilometre, a 9.4-second 0-100km/h time and a top speed of 199km/h, the Renault Clio GT matches its Dynamique sibling for performance and remains 2.7 seconds off the pace of the 147kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbo-four-powered Clio RS (6.7sec).
Developed in-house by Renault Sport Technologies, the Clio GT features an exclusive GT chassis, stiffer springs and dampers and a model-specific body kit comprising front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler. The Clio GT also gains 17-inch anthracite alloy wheels, a size up from the Clio Dynamique’s standard 16-inch spinners.
Satin grey exterior accents and door mirrors, a chrome-tipped twin exhaust, Renault Sport sill plates, tinted rear windows and exclusive GT badging complete the exterior package.
Inside, GT-embroidered cloth sport seats join a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel with Nissan GT-R-sourced dark metal gear-shift paddles, dark grey and gloss black trim and GT and Renault Sport badging.
Standard gear includes LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, automatic climate control and keyless entry and start. The brand’s RS Drive button – previously only available on the Clio RS – modifies engine and transmission mapping and throttle and differential response as well as firming up steering feel based on the selection of either Normal (off) or Sport mode (on).
A four-speaker stereo and seven-inch touchscreen with Renault’s Media Nav system is also standard on the Clio GT and includes satellite-navigation and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming.
The six-speaker R-Link-based media system – optional on Clio GT and standard on GT Premium – upgrades the map display and adds an SD card reader, voice command function and “3D” sound. The dearer GT variant also receives a reversing camera, fixed glass roof, heated leather sport seats, a larger Renault Sport rear spoiler and a satin grey tailgate accent (pictured above).
The top-spec GT model comes with the clever R-Sound Effect RS system used in the Clio RS, allowing owners to personalise the engine sound from a choice of six options and pump it through the car’s audio system. Watch our video to hear it in action.
The Renault Clio GT is available in Glacier White, Flame Red, Mercury Grey, Diamond Black, Brown Ardent and the GT variant-exclusive Malta Blue. Metallic paint and a grey checked roof decal are optional at $550 and $490 respectively.
As with the rest of the Clio range, the GT and GT Premium models feature three Isofix child seat anchorage points and four driver and front passenger airbags (no rear airbag protection is offered). The GT models are covered by Renault’s five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and include five years roadside assist and capped-price servicing – the latter resulting in servicing costs of $299 per calendar year for the first three years of ownership.
Stay tuned for CarAdvice’s local launch review coming soon.
2014 Renault Clio GT manufacturer’s list pricing:
Renault Clio GT – $25,290
Renault Clio GT Premium – $28,790