Renault has ceased production of its RS Twingo. The hot hatchback rivals the Suzuki Swift Sport and Mini Cooper, and has been a firm evo favourite since its 2008 launch.
With an all-new Twingo city car due in 2014, production of the current generation’s performance variant has ended, less than ten apparently remaining in UK dealer stock.
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The Renault Twingo 133 is resolutely old school in its thinking, mating a five-speed manual gearbox and simple front-drive chassis to a front-mounted 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine. With its 131bhp delivered at 6750rpm, it’s a powertrain that demands revs.
The performance variant of the next Twingo will be quite different. The next city car, which is twinned with the mk3 Smart, is rear-engined and rear-wheel drive, and will use only small capacity turbocharged engines. The most we can expect from a quick variant is a 1.2-litre petrol unit, though Renault could experiment with the 898cc three-litre engine currently put to use in the mk4 Renault Clio and the Dacia Sandero. A team-up with the six-speed EDC twin-clutch paddleshift gearbox in the Renault Clio 200 Turbo is unlikely due to the transmission’s cost.
While Renault is yet to officially confirm a future Renaultsport Twingo, company COO Carlos Tavares implied its existence when we met him at the launch of the TwinRun concept, which is a slightly OTT preview of how the car could look. ‘I can imagine that for A-, B- and C-segment cars, we have RS variations’ he told evo.
A newly hardcore Gordini spin-off brand could be applied to the Twingo, too. Like its Clio bigger brother, though, the new Twingo – in all its variations – will be five-door only.
Renault TwinRun concept car video