All things considered: true successor!

VW again has a genuinely compact sports car in the line-up with the new Golf GTI, but the true successors of the original GTI are cars like the Renault Clio Renault Sport. Small, manoeuvrable and phenomenally powerful. Of course, weighing in at around 1.3 tons, it's considerably heavier than the old GTI at just less than 900kg. That can be blamed primarily on safety, but still, it's 100kg lighter than today's GTI, Giving 201bhp from a high-revving, normally aspirated sport's engine, it sells at a reasonable price, of less than 23,000 smackers. In trimmed-down form, as the RS Cup, it's an out-and-out racer. And all that for a similarly trim figure, of less than 20,000 euros, 17,500 pounds.

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