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History Reborn: 2011 Renault Clio Gordini

Posted in Car Branding, Favorite Cars, History, Renault by Dustin Driver | June 18th, 2010 | 1 Response |

They called Amédée Gordini Le Sorcier—The Sorcerer. The Italian-born, French-settled racer and engineer first conjured screaming, missile-shaped Formula One cars in the ’50s. Later he transmogrified the humble rear-engined Renault 8 sedan into a rip-snorting little gremlin. The 1964 Renault 8 Gordini had a diminutive 1108cc engine magically tuned to 89 hp and a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission. Insanity, considering the car’s sub-1,700-pound curb weight. Gordini’s livery—blue with two white stripes—gained occult status. Cars that wore it were fast, dangerous, and mystical. Now Renault is casting the spell on its hot little hatch, the Clio 200. The stock Clio 200 has, you guessed it, 200 horsepower and sport suspension. The Gordini model gets a nice shade of blue paint and white stripes. I would gladly make one my bride so it could immigrate to the U.S., but alas, this little French beauty cannot leave her homeland. Hit the jump for a photo of the ’64 Renault 8 Gordini.

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  1. yyyeeeaaahhh says:

    Unfortunately this one is no better than a standard Clio RS, it only has more options, the special paint and the name. It’s not a lightweight version as the Gordinis used to be