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.
Renault will present the Twingo RS Light special version with reduced weight, which will become the basis of the rally versions of the car. The Renault Twingo RS Light has no air conditioning, additional air bags and other accessories which make it lighter and bring the price down to about 14,500 euros.
The R1 and R2 rally versions will be developed from the Renault Sport Light and will be ready in March next year. The R1 has a rally kit costing 10,000 euros and has a shorter shift, roll bar and some mechanical touch-ups to reach 140 hp. The R2 will have sequential Sadev five-speed shift, ZF autobloc differential, Marelli electronics, Ohlins shock absorbers, larger brakes and a 160 hp engine. This kit costs about 30,000 euros and the Twingo R2 will debut in December at the Monza Rally in Italy.