Renault considering a high-performance version of the Twingo

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 28, 2014

After confirming an RS version of the Dacia Sandero, Renaultsport boss Patrice Ratti also told the reporters that the French manufacturer is considering a high-performance version of the Renault Twingo. According to Ratti, Renault’s main problems are the small engines found on the Twingo.

For those who don’t know, the 2014 Renault Twingo is available only with three-cylinder engines, a 1.0-liter normally aspirated unit that produces 69bhp and a smaller 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged powerplant.

Apparently, in order to install a more potent four-cylinder engine, the rear-wheel-drive Twingo needs several modifications. Still, it would be nice to see a successor to the iconic Renault 5 Sport. One other solution is to badge the upcoming Twingo as a GT and not as an RS version.

The previous Renault Twingo RS delivered 131bhp, so we don’t expect the new Twingo to be more powerful. We also admit that the high-performance Twin’Run Concept based on the Twingo could also be the perfect addition, but there are little chances to see this vehicle on the road.

The Twin’Run Concept was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine borrowed from a Renault Megane Trophy racer and was mounted longitudinally ahead of the rear axle. Total output delivered was 320 hp and 380 Nm of torque, while the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds.

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