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Renault hatches a Gordini Twingo

2009-11-11 11:34
The world’s greatest range of hot hatches is about to revive an esteemed name from Renault’s past.

On 25 November Renault will unveil its new Gordini themed Twingo RS in Paris.

Embellishment instead of engineering

Unlike the Gordinis of yore, the new Twingo RS cars will be powered by stock Renaultsport engines and ride on standard Cup chassis.

The resurrection of the Gordini name is primarily 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 will be offered exclusively for Gordini themed Renaultsport cars.

We expect the traditional Gordini racing blue finish with contrasting white stripes to be a vastly popular option.


Gordini's R8 was one the 1960s most endearing affordable performance cars.

Proper competition 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.

The return of Gordini will be heralded by the Twingo Gordini RS (based on the Renaultsport Twingo) followed by a Clio Gordini RS shortly afterwards.

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

Both cars are expected to go on sale in Europe early next year.



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