Renaultsport Clio: turbo, dual clutch confirmed
First official details drip out about next fast Clio
Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the weekend were treated to the first glimpse of the new hot-hatch when Renault boss Carlos Tavares drove a camouflaged prototype up the hill.
As you might expect, the cancellation of the three-door for all versions of the Clio comes down to cost: "It's a declining part of the sector. Across Europe, five-door superminis massively outsell three-door versions," Renault told us.
No power outputs have been given for the 1.6 turbo, but we're promised it'll match or beat the 200hp put out by the current car. That means it'll still have the poke to hit 62mph in 6.9 seconds or less, but generally consume a lot less fuel than the average 34.5mpg officially recorded by the current car.
The price isn't expected to shift much from the £18,135 it costs now, but initially anyway there won't be the Cup version to shave another grand off by deleting some of the kit.
Renault wouldn't be drawn on whether a sharpened-up Cup will be offered in the future, but we can save you guessing by saying yes, it will be.
There's a lot riding on the launch next year. The Renaultsport Clio has built up a loyal following ever since the 172 version was first seen in 1999 and crucially, unlike Peugeot with the GTI, it has so far managed to retain that magic in subsequent versions. Fingers crossed for next year.