Steane Klose | Feb 3, 2008

For those in the know, the ‘real’ hot-hatch heroes sport the Renault diamond. Raw, edgy and fast, Renault Sport have breathed some serious fire into the Clio and Megane hatches. This time around, they have turned their tuning attention to the diminutive Twingo hatch and while the name may not be raunchy, in Renault Sport guise it looks the goods and should go like a cut snake.

Renault Sport have dropped their recent penchant for turbo-charged power and have warmed over the Twingo’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in normally aspirated form. The result is a healthy 99kW/133hp output, more than enough to turn the Twingo into a spirited steer.

On the outside, the Twingo Renault Sport receives a comprehensive styling makeover, with wider front guards, revised sill panels and a rear spoiler. Interior details are not known but expect the requisite sports bucket seats, sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals as found in other Renault Sport models.

To get the ‘performance’ point across, Renault unveiled the Twingo Renault Sport at the January 31 international launch of their new R28 F1 car in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

The Renault press release follows the image gallery.

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PRESS RELEASE

TWINGO RENAULT SPORT: EXPERIENCE THE RENAULT SPORT THRILL

Renault Sport Technologies profited from the international launch of the latest R28 Formula 1 single-seater in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, today to take the wraps off Twingo Renault Sport. Renault's new, affordable, high-performance car slots into the Renault Sport range alongside its bigger sister cars, Clio and Mégane Renault Sport.

Twingo Renault Sport is a genuine hot hatch with looks to match and was designed to deliver both enjoyable roadholding and genuine sports performance. Its efficient, balanced chassis has been mated to a fiery but flexible 133hp engine to form a package that is sure to appeal to all those who seek sporting sensations and driving pleasure during everyday motoring.

Unmistakable sporting credentials

Renault has produced an affordable high-performance car which sits alongside Clio and Mégane Renault Sport in the Renault Sport range. Twingo Renault Sport's compact proportions and incisive, assertive styling are redolent of the Twingo Concept show car which was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Show. Twingo's existing lines are underpinned by a more curvaceous, athletic stance and the newcomer's sporty calling is further emphasized by its wider front and rear wings, profiled sills and spoiler.

Driving pleasure and sporting sensations during everyday motoring

Twingo Renault Sport is the response of Renault Sport Technologies' experts to a twopronged challenge, namely to deliver sports performance while at the same time ensuring that the new car is easy to use on a day-to-day basis. Twingo Renault Sport's chassis is both responsive and finely tuned to provide precise, balanced sports handling, while specific work on the pitch of its new 133hp 1,598cc engine reveals its punchy temperament.

The public will have the opportunity to examine Twingo Renault Sport in further detail at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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