New Twingo GT will set pulses racing
Renault has announced pricing and UK specification for the new Twingo GT. In Perrys Aylesbury Renault from December 1, the Twingo GT is priced at £13,755 on-the-road. A revised version of the Dynamique S launches alongside the GT, priced from £12,205 on-the-road and also goes on sale from the start of next month.
The arrival of the Twingo GT adds a new dimension to the award-winning Twingo range, offering drivers a city car with added va va voom. Compared with its rivals, the GT offers high levels of driver enjoyment at a very competitive price.
Developed by Renault Sport, the GT builds on the Twingo’s strengths. Cool, nimble and agile, the award-winning Twingo presents an innovative take on the city car. Its rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout maximises interior space and it is incredibly easy to park, manoeuvre or complete a U-turn because the turning arc of the front wheels is not restricted by the engine. The Twingo comes as standard as a five-door – the most popular body style with city car buyers – and its appeal is heightened with a huge range of colour, trim and personalisation options so that buyers can create the exact look they want.
Renault’s wild Twin’Run concept provided inspiration for the new GT. Unveiled at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2013, the Twin’Run celebrated the brand’s sporting spirit and paid homage to the legendary Renault 5 Turbo and Clio V6. A real racing car with a mid-engine 320hp V6 based on that of the Mégane Trophy racer, the Twin’Run provided a preview of the style of the latest generation Twingo.
The Twin’Run’s influence is most obvious in the GT’s 17-inch ‘Twin’Air’ diamond-cut alloy wheels and also extends to the lateral air intake, the rear bumper diffuser – redesigned to incorporate the twin exhaust pipe – and the Renault Sport markings on the side and rear of the car.
Renault Sport has also optimised the Twingo’s rear-engine design to deliver high levels of driver enjoyment. The Twingo’s layout presented the manufacturer’s motorsport division with a challenge as it has become accustomed to front-wheel drive models over the last 20 years. However, Renault Sport’s extensive development has resulted in the GT being perfectly balanced with a fun drive and levels of performance that are close to the previous generation Twingo Renault Sport 133.
The engine work sees the GT cover 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds, and pick-up is amongst the best in class with 50-75mph taking less than nine seconds. It boasts an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 110hp per ton.