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.

Renault revealed that it is coming out with a new style and the best sporty interpretation of this would be its newest offering, the Twingo RS. The bumper in the front for example makes use of the F1-style blade with the grille having the dynamic design especially with the four lights. The blade in particular is important as it will now be part of the brand’s Sport lineup as it brings to mind the successes the brand has experienced in Formula 1.

Meanwhile on the rear section, the lip spoiler has been mounted on the tailgate with a special bumper fitted in that comes with a diffuser incorporated to it. Looking at the wheel arches in the rear, one can clearly see the aerodynamic extensions. One signature of the brand is the Sirius Yellow finish and while this will be offered for the Twingo RS, Renault revealed that it will only be available starting in the later part of May. Still on the exterior, the brand will be offering a Design Pack which will still have the RS lip spoiler and the F1 blade. It will also have the door mirror housings in Grey or Dark Gunmetal Grey with the fog light surrounds in chrome. This is not all as the brand will allow customers to have the alloy 16-inch Emotion wheels with the R.S. lettering on the center caps. With this, the Twingo RS is able to display its heritage.

Much like the exterior, the interior will also be in yellow, especially the stitching. This is true for the dashboard cowl, the seats, and even the steering wheel. However, the other features will have the Gloss Black inserts which are the lateral air vents, rev-counter housing, radio console, and dashboard. White is used for the area above the seat backs, the cushions, as well as above the steering wheel. White is also the picked out color for the manual climate controls and the rev-counter surround.

Although the Twingo RS is known to have one of the best performances in the segment, fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions remain to be low. Compared to previous versions, the new Twingo RS has fuel consumption of 6.5 liters/100 km, a difference of 3%. For CO2 emissions, the new model is better by 3.2% at 150 g/km. The first Twingo RS was released in September 2008 and became part of the top-three seller under the Very High Performance A segment.

Sales of the model have so far exceeded 10,000 units. Renault shared that the Twingo RS is expected to be on sale starting in the middle of March 2012. The new version gets the same treatment as that of the Mégane RS; the same goes for the Clio RS. That is, it will supported by an exceptional network composed of 350 Renault Sport dealers worldwide. This network is aimed at providing service specifically for performance cars.

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