Renault has just dropped the first image of its new 2012 Twingo micro car before it officially debuts at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
There is more than a hint of Nissan in the new Twingo with styling cues share with the Juke and it rolls on the same platform as the previous-generation Micra.
The new model features refreshed front a rear ends with an enlarged Renault badge on the front fascia and a rounder, wider grill. This limited refresh will need to carry the baby Renault for a few years but its nothing new for the model line. The first generation Twingo was in production for a staggering fifteen years from 1992 to 2007 when the second-gen model was initially introduced. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks back, Renault announced plans to revive the classic Gordini badge for new high performance offerings and now, the first model has been unveiled. Using Renault’s smallest platform, the Twingo Gordini R.S. should prove fairly rapid, with a 133hp 1.6-litre engine to turn its fancy 17 inch front wheels, along with an uprated suspension package and brakes.
Outside, the Twingo is coated in the historic blue hue that once adorned French racing cars in the days before corporate sponsorship dominated, and buyers can also opt for pearlescent black instead of the white accents. Renault is displaying the car at its “Christmas in Blue” exhibit in Paris through the holiday season and deliveries will begin next March. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.
French carmaker Renault has recently announced it will restore the iconic Gordini Performance nameplate and launch a line of Gordini-badged models next year.
Named after Renault racing engineer extraordinaire Amedee Gordini, the Gordini badge became a symbol of success for the French automaker. The R8 Gordini dominated rallying in the mid-Sixties and gave birth to its own one-model series with the Renault 1300 Gordini. Now, over forty years later, Renault is bringing the name back for an exclusive new line of hot hatches.
Positioned above the existing Renaultsport lineup, the Gordini range will be mechanically identical to its RS counterparts, but distinguish themselves with retro styling touches (like French racing blue paint scheme with white stripes) and an extra dose of exclusivity. The first product in the new range, the Twingo Gordini RS, is slated to be unveiled at L’Atelier Renault — the company’s flagship store on the Champs Elysees in Paris — on November 25 before its market launch next spring. Gordini edition Clio and Megane are slated to follow suite, all decked out in the sub-brand’s signature French racing blue with white racing stripes.
French tuners Lazareth Auto Moto have really gone to town in the creation of a unique Renault Twingo. Inspired by the competition Renault Megane Trophy and the Clio V6 Renault Sport, the car features a big ole 3.5-litre Range Rover V8 pumping out 147kW (200hp). The block doesn’t sit under the bonnet but behind the front seats where rear passengers once sat. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Lazareth has kitted the car out with 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped up with Yokohama tyres, wider front and rear tracks, a massive rear diffuser and matt grey exterior paint. The suspension was modified and brakes upgraded.
Interior upgrades include Momo alcantara bucket seats and a sports steering wheel. A centrally-mounted Translogic digital display shows speed, revs per minute, a shift light, lap times and other information.
Check out a short video of the Lazareth Twingo Trophy V8 below and if you’re interested in getting one be ready to stump up â‚¬70,000 (NZ$142,500).
While it may seem like a bad time to bring back a performance marque, that’s just what Renault has planned according to a UK car magazine. Renault will relaunch the Gordini brand in Europe next year. It was recently revealed that Renault’s plans to bring back its storied Alpine product line had been axed, but the decades-dormant Gordini is apparently a different matter altogether.
The new range of hot hatches will slot in above current Renaultsport offerings, with a new Twingo variant reportedly being followed by Clio and Megane Coupe models. Like the Gordini-tuned cars of the past, the new models are tipped to wear blue paint and white stripes along with various performance upgrades that will make them a likely competitor to Fiat’s reborn Abarth lineup.