New choices for Renault Clio Gordini introduced

While the 200hp high performance version remains, Renault has now introduced a new petrol and a new diesel engine offering the same styling as the hot hatch but with reduced performance and improved eco-credentials.

The diesel engine, a 1.5-litre 106hp unit, in particular offers low running costs. The engine delivers fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of just 110g/km – making it free from first year road tax.

However, performance is a more subdued than the Gordini 200 with a top speed of 119mph compared to 141mph in the range-topper.

The benefits of this are seen in the price, which at £14,995 is nearly £5,000 less than the Gordini 200. A less expensive model, the £14,000 petrol 1.6-litre 128 version, has also been introduced.

The petrol Gordini uses an engine straight out of the old Clio GT and as a result, offers a halfway house between the new diesel and the Gordini 200.

Capable of reaching 62mph from standing in 9.3 seconds, the petrol Clio Gordini also delivers 42.2mpg on the combined cycle.

Both models come in white as standard, but classic Gordini blue metallic paint can be specified as an option alongside red and black.

As expected, the Gordini racing stripes across the bonnet, twin exhausts and rear spoiler are all present and correct, and Gordini badging adorns the outside and interior of the car.

16" alloy wheels, grey cloth upholstery with blue trim (leather can be specified as an extra option) and a high level of equipment are offered as standard.

As the range-topping model in the Clio line up, both new Gordini options come with climate control, cruise control, eadio CD player and automatic lights and wipers.

Both new Renault Clio Gordini models are on sale now, with first deliveries taking place in September.