Renault is turning up the heat on the new Clio, before the hottest Clio RenaultSport 200 Turbo arrives later this year.
The new Clio GT-Line, launched at the Geneva Motor Show, will be the sportiest Clio available until the range topper rocks up - so what does the GT-Line offer in the meantime?
Power comes from a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, part of Renault's TCe range of powerplants. With 120 PS it's a fair way from the RenaultSport's 200 PS output, but should endow the new, lighter Clio with some reasonable pep.
No performance figures have been hinted, but we do know the GT-Line will be usefully frugal - 54.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of only 120 g/km.
Aiding performance further will be Renault's dual clutch EDC transmission. It's the same gearbox you'll find on the Renaultsport, and like that car it gets steering wheel-mounted paddles for quick gear changes.
Tieing the new model in to Renault's sportiest vehicles further, the GT-Line TCe 120 also gets 'Renaultsport Drive' and 'Renaultsport Monitor 2.0'.
The first of these gives drivers a choice between Normal and Sport modes for gear shift programming, power steering feel and acceleration response. In Sport, you'll get quicker gearchanges, weightier steering and quicker responses, and if it's as extreme as we've found it in Renaultsport models, it should give the GT-Line a real split personality.
Renaultsport Monitor 2.0 combines with the GT-Line's standard R-Link multimedia system to provide telemetry on your driving - expect timers, fuel consumption and more.
Exterior styling has been enhanced by 17-inch alloy wheels, Renaultsport-inspired front and rear bumpers, offset LED daytime running lights (mounted low on the bumper, rather than in the grille on regular Clios), twin chromed tailpipes and GT badging. Optional Malta Blue paintwork also makes an appearance.
Inside, the GT-Line gets grey trim with chrome and gloss black accents, sports seats, aluminium pedals, a sports steering wheel and different instrument backgrounds to those on the standard Clio.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Order April, deliveries July