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2009-11-26 06:48
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Renault
Model Gordini Twingo RS
Engine 1.6l
Power 98kW @ 6 750r/min
Torque 160Nm @ 4 400r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 8.7 sec
Top Speed 201km/h
Fuel Tank 40l
Fuel Consumption 7l/100km
Weight 1 049kg
Renault's new Gordini Twingo RS cars have been unveiled in Paris, giving style (or heritage) conscious Renaultsport buyers something to think about.

Although the Gordini Twingo RS models will be powered by a stock Renaultsport engine and ride on standard Cup (or Sport) chassis, a bevy of additional trinkets differentiate it from the factory RS model.

Colour it in

The resurrection of the Gordini name has enabled Renault to usher in a level of personalisation within the RS hot hatch range for customers who desire to set themselves apart from crowd.

To this end a range of paint finishes and wheel options are offered exclusively for Gordini themed Renaultsport cars.

Exterior surfacing benefits from a traditional Gordini racing blue finish (called Malta blue) with contrasting white stripes (running offset on the port side).

The RS Twingo’s 17-inch alloys can be optioned with either black or blue finishing for the inside rim, whilst Gordini Series badging in front of the rear wheel arches ensure other hot hatch owners in traffic know just how special your Twingo is…

Cabin embellishments include blue and black quilted leather seats (with increased lateral support), leather trim on the inside doors panels and a world of blue and white contrast detailing.

Admittedly those white stripes could be done aftermarket for a lot less (and the blue mag detailing in only a can of spray paint away) but you'd rather pay more for the authentic Gordini badge, right?

Proper heritage

If you’re too young to have experienced the magic of the Gordini creations of the 1960s, rest assured, these were brilliantly sorted little cars.

The Renault 8 Gordini took 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally.

Amédée Gordini was born in 1899 and developed his own sports racing and Grand Prix cars before being brought into the corporate fold by Renault in the 1950s.

At Renault Amédée set about furnishing the company’s competition efforts with a smattering of superbly conceived performance derivatives of existing road cars.

If one considers the excellence of Renaultsport's products in stock form, it's hardly surprising the Gordini package sees the addition of only aesthetic, instead of mechanical, changes.

A Clio Gordini RS package is in the works for next year too…

The Gordini package is priced at a 15% premium over stock Twingo RS in Europe.

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