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Renault adds sporty GT-Line to Clio range

Renault adds sporty GT-Line to Clio range

Renault South Africa has added an entry-level “performance” model to its smash Clio range in the form of the Clio GT-Line. Sitting above the previous top-spec Dynamique model but the below the full-bore RenaultSport, the GT-Line features a list of cosmetic changes and a revised engine.

Compared to the Dynamique, the GT-Line come equipped with model’s specific 17-inch alloy wheels, revised front and rear bumpers, “dark metal” coloured mirrors, chrome exhaust, RenaultSport door sills and rear a diffuser.

Unlike in Europe where GT models comes fitted with a 1.2-litre turbo engine and a six-speed dual clutch gearbox, Renault South Africa has stuck with the standard Clio’s 898 cc turbo three cylinder but with an added overboost function that allows for a small power increase of 70 kW and 150 N.m of torque versus 66 kW and 135 N.m. As before, power is directed through the front-wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

Despite the increase in power and torque, fuel consumption and emission remain unchanged from the standard car with Renault claiming a combined figure of 4.5 L /100 km and 105g/km.

Standard spec on the GT-Line mirrors that of the Dynamique and includes the marque’s MediaNav touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth, USB and aux inputs, a revised Bass Reflex sound system, auto locking doors, rain sensing windscreen wipers, cruise control, auto on/off lights, electric windows all around, keyless start, ABS with EBD and BAS, traction control and four airbags.

Included in the R224 900 asking price, R7 000 more than the Dynamique, the GT-Line also features five year / 150 000 km warranty and a three year / 45 000 km service plan.


CAPTION: European-spec Renault Clio GT-Line pictured. South African models will only be available as a five-door. IMAGE sourced from www.autoexpress.co.uk