Renault Twingo Gordini announced for UK

The French manufacturer announced the Gordini cosmetic effects seen on its two hot hatch models, the Twingo Gordini RS and Clio Gordini RS, will be used for the Twingo Gordini in the UK and other European markets.

However, unlike the RS versions, it will not be a hot hatch. Instead it will be fitted with a choice of more modest TCe 100 petrol and dCi 85 diesel engines.

Aimed at a more mainstream customer base than the Renault Sport models, the diesel option offers road tax-free emissions of 100g/km.

As expected with the classic Gordini name, the blue exterior is complemented by white racing stripes. A black metallic and white version is also available.

Inside, Gordini badging is sprinkled throughout, while sports seats, aluminium pedals and blue highlights on the upholstery and instrument panels complete the interior effect.

Equipment is the same as the GT specification it is replacing, but Renault has added 15" diamond-effect alloy wheels and additional lateral support.

This leaves a generous level of equipment for the Twingo Gordini, which has been introduced because of strong sales of previous Gordini models.

Renault hopes it will appeal to a younger market and even hinted it will appeal to more feminine buyers.

Despite announcing the Twingo Gordini, Renault has not released UK pricing for the model. As a guide, the Renault Twingo Gordini will cost £14,800 (around £12,400) in France, where it will first go on sale to the public.