What is it?
It's Renault's newly revised Clio, in GT form. First used on the Megane, GT spec usually includes a bit of extra kit and some sporting styling add-ons, but no extra poke. That almost applies here too, but the Clio does get a new-to-the-range 1.6-litre petrol engine with 128bhp; it's a version of the motor already seen in the Renaultsport Twingo. A diesel-engined version is also available.
In the Clio's case, Renaultsport does appear to have done more than supply the odd motorsport-related badge, because the GT's dampers are 15 per cent stiffer than a regular Clio's. The power steering has been recalibrated too.
GT spec includes 16in alloy wheels, a gloss black front grille, black headlamp surrounds, twin exhausts and a rear spoiler. Inside there are sports seats and aluminium pedal covers.
What's it like?
Not bad at all. The Clio's tweaked chassis is a good one; it's game enough to hang on on the twisty stuff, but revamped dampers (which feature an extra valve in their system) keep the ride quality in check while cruising on a motorway.
The Clio's electric power steering system still isn't great on feel, but it's a little heavier than before, and all the better for it. The Clio is still willing to change direction pretty swiftly, so there's fun to be had here.