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by Brett Davis

That’s right, Gordini is back and now available in Australia… well, as of September 20 anyway. It comes in the form of this special edition Renault Clio Gordini RS Edition.

For those who haven’t heard of Gordini before, it’s the French equivalent to the Italian skunkworks, Abarth; a tuning company who specialises in one particular make of car and one that comes out with its own accredited model, such as the Fiat 500 Abarth.

Gordini was considered a very potent company back in the days, developing classics like the Renault 8 Gordini. The company was a sole entity as well, but was bought by Renault in 1962 as the two companies entered in the 24 hour Le Mans races of the Sixties.

Now the company has been revived and Renault has brought a sporting little hot hatch to its lineup. Not quite a Le Mans-potential but nonetheless. It offers a 2.0-litre four cylinder engine outputting 147.5kW, the same engine you get in the Renault Clio RS 200 Cup, and the same close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox. It also uses the Clio Cup chassis and is fitted with Brembo four piston calipers.

Distinguishing Gordini features include a bespoke RS display monitor, Gordini stripes with ‘G’ motif, Glacier White front lip and side mirrors, satin chrome side extractors, a gloss black rear diffuser and 17 inch BeBop alloy wheels.

The special edition also comes with Gordini-badged equipment inside the car, such as leather seats, gear knob and carpet mats.

Scheduled to go on sale in Australia in a few days – September 20 – the special edition will be priced from $39,140, excluding on-road costs. For something that costs as much as a Renault Clio RS 200 Cup Trophee with the same power, it’s not bad, and it’s a lot more exclusive.

*Overseas model shown




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