Renault has infused more power in its cute Twingo city car by preparing a spicy 110-hp GT version.
After last week’s teaser, the Twingo GT is finally here in its rear-wheel-drive glory just like the regular model, but now with some extra oomph. Renault Sport’s engineers have fiddled with the turbocharged rear-mounted 0.9-liter, three-cylinder engine and have squeezed 110 horsepower (up from 90 hp) and 170 newton meters (up from 135 Nm) of torque. The additional punch - which matches that of the Smart ForTwo Brabus - was possible by upgrading the air intake system and tweaking the engine mapping. In addition, the manual transmission now features different gearing to give the Twingo GT a sportier feel.
While performance numbers have not been released, it’s worth mentioning the regular Twingo with the standard 0.9 TCe sprints to 62 mph (100 kph) in 10.8 seconds and tops out at 103 mph (165 kph). The Twingo GT’s performance should be very similar to the Brabus-tuned ForTwo which runs the sprint in 9.5 seconds and hits 102.5 mph (165 kph).
Riding on special 17-inch alloys, the Twingo GT also takes advantage of a revised chassis with upgraded suspension, special ESP calibration, and variable-rate steering. These changes should provide sharper handling and a more responsive steering feedback for Renault’s pocket rocket.
In terms of design, the car wears a slightly more aggressive body with lateral air intakes and a fresh Piment Orange paint. It also gets dual exhaust tips and a lower ride height to enable a sportier appearance enhanced by the NACA aircraft-inspired striping. Buyers will also be given the possibility to go for a Profond Black, Glacier White or a Lunaire Grey paint.
Photos of the interior are not available at this point, but Renault says it has added a bunch of orange trims, aluminum pedal caps, zamak gear lever knob, and special door sills with “Renault Sport” branding.
The Twingo GT will be showcased to the public for the first time between June 23 and 26 during the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.