Renault revives Gordini name! First car coming this November!

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

To give its lineup more of a premium edge, Renault has officially announced that it is bringing back the iconic Gordini badge. The revived brand will mean that Renault can go up against the likes of the Mini Cooper and Abarth 500 by offering extensive personalization of its hot hatches. This doesn´t mean that sharper versions of the Twingo, Clio and Megane will follow.

Gordini range will still be mechanically identical. The modifications include new wheels, colors and interior options for a premium over the Renaultsport cars.

The first to be given this treatment is the Twingo Gordini RS, which is based on the Renaultsport Twingo 133, due to be unveiled on November 25 on the Champs Elysees. This move is said to be included in Renault's masterplan to shake up the respected Renaultsport brand.

This means that Renaultsport GTs will be underneath the more potent Renaultsport RS models, with the Gordini brand even higher.

First Renaultsport GT will be the Megane three-door, which is slated to use the existing 180bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine however, it will have enhanced styling from the RS 250. Renaultsport GT versions of the Twingo and Clio will follow.

Amédée Gordini is credited with developing nearly 200,000 Renault vehicles over 20 years and with some of the brand's greatest feats in sports. Gordini was born in 1899 and at a young age, he was already showcasing his mechanical skills.

Following his stint as mechanic on single-seaters, his R8 Gordinis managed to place first, third, fourth and fifth in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally. Two years after, his 1300 version paved the way for the establishment of the Gordini Cup.

His R8 Gordini was so well-accepted that it was featured in French films alongside celebrities like Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura. Not only that, the R8 Gordini was a sensation among younger drivers. Thus, Gordini was heralded as an icon of success for an entire generation and came to signify a state of mind.

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The famous "Gorde" was a symbol of French success that thrilled several generations of motorists who were thirsty for sporty sensations at the wheel of a fun car. The French blue, white stripes and radiator grill with its four round headlights all contributed to an eternal identity that is an important part of Renault's sporting heritage.

In a few months, new Gordini-labeled versions will supplement the Renault Sport range and strengthen Renault's offering in the compact sports segment. The fashionable and sporty Gordini label still possesses its exclusive and sporting values. The Gordini versions, derived from sports models that are already renowned for their outstanding performance, will appeal to lovers of thrills at the wheel and a distinctive design. Twingo Gordini RS will be unveiled on 25 November at L'Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées in Paris as part of the "Christmas in Blue" exhibition. It will be launched next spring. Clio Gordini RS will be launched a few months later.

Amédée Gordini, who developed almost 200,000 Renault vehicles over a 20-year period, achieved some of the brand's greatest sporting achievements.

Born in 1899, just about one year after the launch of the very first Renault vehicle, Amédée Gordini demonstrated his mechanical skills from a very young age. After working as a mechanic on single-seaters, his R8 Gordinis finished 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally. In 1966, the 1300 version heralded the birth of the Gordini Cup. The R8 Gordini delighted lovers of fun driving for a whole decade.

It even featured in French films alongside famous stars, including Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura, and this small sports sedan was a big hit with the younger generation of drivers. The trend had been set. Gordini became a symbol of success for a whole generation and came to embody a state of mind. The spirit of a triumphant France that shared its successes with everyone.

With its elegant finish and strong design codes, the Gordini label builds on the renowned expertise of Renault Sport, and offers a fresh interpretation of its values.

Renault naturally opted to build on the reputation of Renault Sport Technologies (RST) in order to transform the Gordini legend into a reality. Renault's sports branch has prolonged the Gordini heritage through its renowned expertise in motor sport and the development of its sports models.

RST is the world's leading organizer of motor sport events. Since 2005, almost 3 million fans have attended World Series by Renault meetings, the Megane Trophy and Clio Cup races and special events for motor sport enthusiasts. RST is now a leading player in the motor sports sector. Both in competition and series production, Renault's sports models, such as the Megane RS, Clio RS and Twingo RS, developed by RST, are acknowledged as figuring amongst the best-performing vehicles in their category.

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