Twingo RenaultSport has come out of its shell in Geneva with a highly strung 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine that punches quite above its weight. Several other changes are evident to reflect the stature of Twingo RS in its range.

Renault and Honda have something in common; the love of tiny high-revving motors. Twingo has now benefited from this love as can be seen at the Geneva Motor Show today. The guys at RenaultSport have decided that Megane and Clio cannot go alone on the fun drive and have to take Twingo along.

Based on the Twingo Concept of Paris 2006, the Twingo RS has a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine that revs quite high, making its peak power at 6,750rpm. How much? A lot by the engine’s size; 133 bhp/ 98kW as a matter of fact. Torque is 160Nm at 4,400rpm, also indicating the desire to be revved high in order to access any meaningful performance.

At the feet of Twingo RS are 195/45 R16 or 195/40 R17 tyres that compliment the car’s aerodynamic spoiler and shiny chromed tailpipe. The car has been stiffened up a little bit to show its sporting ambitions. A 5-speed manual gearbox was thought best for the task at hand, so they included one. Performance brakes and calipers complete the look downstairs.

A new colour to the RS range is Altica Grey which joins the existing colours of Pearlescent Black, Extrême Blue and Platine Grey, and something called Vif Red. Sounds like it should be on a neck scarf.

Market arrival of the Twingo RS is third quarter 2008 in Europe.

Renault Twingo RenaultSport revs up Geneva