Finally picked up the R27 replacement today. after a 3 week wait thanks to the DVLA. For those who saw my thread in Clio discussion this has not been an easy process for me and is driven by economics. This ended up as a swap and some money my way, so feel that I've not been screwed by a dealer for once.
For those that were bothered what my choice was I can now present:
All I can say is it makes me grin and handles really well and that's in the wet with sh*t tyres on the front.
Plans have been made for mods and packages have been ordered so will probably end up doing a project thread at some point.