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.
2016 Renault Twingo GT
The TWINGO GT, honed for driving enjoyment
The combination of a 110hp petrol engine, a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive sees Renault propose an unprecedented package in the small city car class: the TWINGO GT.
The TWINGO GT’s sporty look draws its inspiration from the Twin’Run concept car.
The TWINGO GT will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, West Sussex, England, on June 23-26.
More power for added driving enjoyment
The new TWINGO GT combines the inherent agility of Renault’s rear-wheel drive city car with Renault Sport’s expertise to deliver even more driving pleasure. Its 898cc TCe turbo engine has been tuned to deliver 110 horsepower and 170Nm torque thanks to a revised air intake system and modified engine mapping, while different gearing further contributes to the new car’s sprightly, free-revving performance.
In order to take advantage of this performance boost in total safety, TWINGO GT’s chassis features revised suspension, specific ESP calibration and variable-rate steering. The result is sharp handling and responsive steering feedback for precise cornering and outstanding road holding. These features combine to provide drivers of the TWINGO GT with affordable pleasure behind the wheel.
Look inspired by the Twin’Run concept car
Easily recognisable thanks to its 17-inch wheels, lateral air intakes, twin exhaust tail pipe and new Piment Orange body colour, the TWINGO GT’s sporty credentials and heritage are visible at first glance. The Twingo III’s lines, which drew their inspiration from the Twin’Run concept car, combine perfectly with the TWINGO GT’s specific wheel design, NACA aircraft-inspired striping which echoes the aerodynamic form of the famous American plane's air – and lowered ride height to produce a head-turning look.
The TWINGO GT comes in a choice of four colours, namely Piment Orange (new), Lunaire Grey, Profond Black and Glacier White, along with orange trim details in the cabin, Renault Sport-badged door sills, aluminium pedal caps and a zamac gear lever knob.