Here’s a look at the interior of the new Renault Twingo Gordini model, which continues the French racing blue theme with white stripes on the inside, too. The blue and white theme can be seen on the steering wheel, gear stick, seats and car mats.
Most of the finishings are in leather, and the Gordini logo is included on the seats, head rest and door panels, which continue with the white stripes. Overall it’s a nice look, and as far as I can make out, the dash and central panel are the same as the Renault Twingo RS. Given what was pegged as the great rebirth of the Gordini tuning brand, frankly I was expecting a little more. It’s not displeasing, just a little underwhelming perhaps (I’m sold on the alloys, though - very nice!).
These Renault Twingo Gordini pics show the brand new Gordini revival pocket rocket, with its classic blue tint and white racing stripes. If you’re in Paris, you can check it out at the Renault shop on the Champs-Elysées, where it’s part of Renault’s “Christmas in Blue” exhibition.
The Renault Twingo Gordini RS is equipped with a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 133 hp and a specially tuned engine pitch. It features a sport chassis and 17-inch wheels, and inside it has classic Gordini quilted effect leather seats. The Twingo Gordini will be available for order from February next year, and on the market around Europe from March. The Twingo Gordini RS will be a part of the Twingo range that still includes the Twingo RS. The former is designed as the most exclusive and sporty of the Twingo offering.
No performance figures have been released, so it’s hard to say whether this is a genuine sports offering on top of what you can already get with the Twingo RS, or whether it’s just a blue paint job and some interior leather. The Twingo RS is also equipped with the 1.6-litre engine and 133 hp. It also shares the same Renault Sports chassis and 17-inch wheels. The RS performance figures are 0-100 km/hr in 8.7 seconds and 201 km/hr.
We think the Twingo Gordini will be just the same, except that there’ll be a blue flash and a couple of white stripes coming down the straight. Which means that a paint job might not be enough to compete with the likes of Abarth, which is what I had understood part of the project was about. So until further notice, let’s say the RS is the tuned part, while Gordini takes on the looks department.
The Renault Gordini brand will be revived with a new Twingo Gordini to be revealed on November 25, ready for the market in spring next year. It will be followed by the Renault Clio Gordini and then a Megane Gordini version. The models will appear alonside the Renault Sport models already available, and will come into direct competition with Abarth and John Cooper Works models.
To celebrate the return of the Gordini brand, here’s a historic gallery for you. The new models will take on the same classic blue tint with two white stripes. The first Renault Gordini model that was produced was the Dauphine Gordini back in 1958, with an 845 engine producing 38 hp. It was the start of a successful brand, with four of five top places in the 1964 Tour de Corsica going to Gordini, leading to the inauguration of the Gordini cup in 1966.
The Gordini looks very much like the French version of the Italian job, and the classic model was the Gordini R8 with four round headlights and the exclusive “bleu de France” livery. The 1964 model of the Corsica rally was equipped with a 1100 engine with 90 hp and a five-speed gearbox. In 1966 the first 1300 Gordini R8 was used with 100 hp. About 11,500 Renault 8 Gordini models were produced, and about 9,000 of these were the 1300 version.
The R8 was replaced by the Renault 12 Gordini in 1971 which had a 1.6-litre engine and 125 hp. Competition models were equipped with a 1.6-litre engine with 160 hp which achieved a top speed of more than 200 km/hr. The last Renault Gordini model produced was the 17 Gordini, which didn’t have the same success as previous models, with production ending in 1979.
Source | Autoblog.it