Renault considering a high-performance version of the Twingo

Article by Christian A., on August 28, 2014

After confirming an RS version of the Dacia Sandero, Renaultsport boss Patrice Ratti also told the reporters that the French manufacturer is considering a high-performance version of the Renault Twingo. According to Ratti, Renault’s main problems are the small engines found on the Twingo.

For those who don’t know, the 2014 Renault Twingo is available only with three-cylinder engines, a 1.0-liter normally aspirated unit that produces 69bhp and a smaller 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged powerplant.

Apparently, in order to install a more potent four-cylinder engine, the rear-wheel-drive Twingo needs several modifications. Still, it would be nice to see a successor to the iconic Renault 5 Sport. One other solution is to badge the upcoming Twingo as a GT and not as an RS version.

The previous Renault Twingo RS delivered 131bhp, so we don’t expect the new Twingo to be more powerful. We also admit that the high-performance Twin’Run Concept based on the Twingo could also be the perfect addition, but there are little chances to see this vehicle on the road.

Twin’Run Concept was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine borrowed from a Renault Megane Trophy racer and was mounted longitudinally ahead of the rear axle. Total output delivered was 320 hp and 380 Nm of torque, while the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds.

It has been two decades since the original Renault Twingo revolutionized the small car segment. The renowned city car from France is now being reborn as an all-new unit. Renault’s designers and engineers started from scratch, and looked for the first-generation Twingo and the Renault 5 for heavy inspiration.

Engineers and designers commenced work on the next generation of the Twingo in 2008, aiming to revive the innovative spirit that was one of the major traits of the original model launched in 1992. It was considered a big challenge, and those involved in the project aimed high, in line with philosophy behind the original Twingo that immediately became a symbol of Renault's creativity.

Renault aimed to make the latest iteration of the Twingo more agile and more spacious despite having a smaller footprint. The solution the carmaker arrived at was to switch to a rear-mounted engine – although this entailed higher development costs.

The thoughts of the French carmaker were similar to those of Daimler which, at the same time, was looking for more ideas for the next generation of smart’s two- and four-seat offerings. Following initial discussion, Renault and Daimler signed a strategic cooperation agreement in 2010, marking the official start for the joint-development of new Twingo and the next-generation two- and four-seat smart.

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