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Renault Twingo GT revealed

By Scott Newman, 08 Jun 2016 News

Renault Twingo GT revealed

Rear-engine, rear-drive and manual - Renault's built a 911!

If we're talking about a car with a rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, you'd usually expect us to be describing a product of Stuttgart.

This time, however, we're talking French. Well, Slovenian technically, as that's where production of Renault's Twingo city car takes place.

Renault -Twingo -GT-rearThe latest in the range is the Twingo GT, which features increased power, shorter gearing, revised suspension and sharper steering to add some dynamic flair to the tiny three-door.

Power comes from Renault's 898cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which produces 82kW/170Nm. That mightn't sound much (and it isn't) but bear in mind the Twingo weighs less than a tonne and performance should be sprightly, if not intimidating.

Renault also claims "precise cornering and outstanding road-holding" thanks to 17-inch wheels, revised suspension, variable-rate steering and a new ESP calibration.

Renault -Twingo -GT-topExternally, there's a new Pigment Orange colour, twin exhausts and stripes inspired by NACA aircraft.

Sadly for Australian Regie enthusiasts (and there are plenty) the Twingo GT won't be making its way Down Under, but if you happen to be going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you'll be able to see it on display.