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.