Hot Hatch

Chris Harris Rules on the Clio RS

The British auto-journo test drives the new Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo to see if the celebrated hot hatch has lost any of its magic.

When Renaultunveiled the new Clio RS 200 Turbo at the Paris Motor Show, the enthusiasts were quick to write it off. With no manual gerarbox and forced induction preferred overnatural aspiration, the latest modelin Renault’s exalted hot-hatch dynasty looked to be taking a new direction thatwould forever set adrift its hardcore fan base. As ChrisHarris points out in his latest production, Renault seems to be attempting tobroaden the Clio 200’s appeal, with Gen-Y favoring the faster racing car-stylepaddle-shift gearbox.

Bear in mind Porsche has given the new 911 GT3 a PDK box too and it’s clear that this is the future. Taking the car on the road and then the Cup variant on the track, Harris reveals that aside from the nondescript bodywork, the new Clio RS 200 Turbo remains a highly desirable hot hatch. Pity Americans can’t have it.

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