Renault brought its Twin'Run concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, next to the Initiale Paris Concept and the facelifted Megane. The concept provides a glimpse of the performance potential of a possible Twingo RS model in the future. Regarded as a spiritual successor to the R5 Turbo and Clio V6, the Twin'Run concept bears the same funky city car styling cues as the Twin'Z electric car concept that Renault unveiled in April.
However, the Twin'Run is not powered by batteries and instead, it features a mid-mounted 316bhp V6 petrol engine and is fitted with motorsport technology designed to provide a glimpse of the next-generation Twingo RS.
While providing power to the rear wheels, Twin'Run’s V6 engine combines with a tubular steel chassis derived from the Megane Trophy racer and lightweight fiber glass bodywork for a kerbweight of just 950kgs.
This power and lightweight combo allows the Twin'Run to propel from zero to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155mph.
The Twin'Run boasts of motorsport mechanicals like a six-speed sequential gearbox, rally-style welded handbrake lever, huge brakes and a limited-slip differential at the back. The concept rides on 18-inch alloy wheels pushed to each corner. The concept features exterior styling influenced by iconic rally cars, with orange graphics running along the roof and doors, big air vents in front of the rear arches and a fixed rear wing.
Twin'Run’s 25mm-thick front quad LED lights could provide different light sequences as controlled by the driver. The concept’s interior is stripped out, with only a plexiglass sheet separating the driver from the V6 engine.
It also features sparco bucket seats with four-point race harnesses. Axel Breun, head of concept car design for the Renault, remarked that the Twin'Run “embodies the mad genius Renault has been known for over the decades.”
At its launch, the Twin'Run was driven for several laps around Monaco Grand Prix circuit by Renault boss Carlos Tavares. It was joined by a convoy that included a Clio V6 piloted by F1 driver Charles Pic and a Maxi 5 Turbo driven by rally legend Jean Ragnotti.