As Chris Harris speculated in his latest review, Renault may have shied away from a manual in the new Clio RS200 in order to appeal to a larger audience. Is this justifiable, especially in a car that is really only marketed to a small segment of drivers anyway?
Is it therefore worth it to alienate the "traditional" hot hatch buyer, who probably enjoys a manual, in order to broaden the potential buyer? I don't know if it would attract two non-hot hatch lovers for every one that it puts of from buying one due to the lack of a manual gearbox.
Then again, from the video at least it looks as if they put a good semi-auto in, and they configured the gear shifter the right way (pull=shift up, push=shift down)!