Renault introduces 2012 Twingo R.S. and Gordini R.S.

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 17, 2012

By April, the facelifted Renault Twingo R.S. and Gordini R.S. will start selling. These two models have the same basic styling as the standard Renault Twingo, which was launched last January. They were also both developed by RenaultSport and feature a “sporting interpretation of Renault’s new styling identity”.

When compared to the standard car, the front bumper of the Twingo R.S. and Twingo Gordini models is deeper. It also has an “F1-style blade”. Added to the rear are a tailgate-mounted spoiler, rear wheel arch extensions and a diffuser attached to the rear bumper.

On the interior, both Twingo RenaultSport models get yellow stitching and gloss black inserts in the dashboard. White detailing is seen on the steering wheel, seat backs, dial surrounds and heater controls.

It keeps the 133bhp/118lb ft 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine while a sport chassis is offered as standard. A Cup chassis that lowers ride height by 4mm is optional. The standard fit brake discs have a measurement of 280mm at the front and 240mm at the rear.

Its running costs are also lower than those of the outgoing model. The CO2 emissions level of the new Twingo R.S. is rated at 150g/km, standing for a 3.2% saving compared to the previous version. It has a fuel consumption figure of 43.5mpg on the combined cycle, a 3% improvement.

The Twingo Gordini R.S. offers added equipment over the standard R.S., such as twin body stripes, 17-inch diamond-effect black alloy wheels, leather trim and climate control. Its pricing will be revealed next month, which is when the company would start taking orders.

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