Dubbed the Renault Twingo RS, the new ‘baby’ hot hatch is a bulked-up three-door Twingo housing a 1.6-litre 133hp engine delivering 160Nm of torque.
Despite the added power, Renault says the 2012 Twingo RS will actually feature lower emissions than previous versions of the hot hatch. CO2 emissions are 150g/km which is enough to put it in Band F of UK road tax.
A redesigned exterior includes a new grille, four lights and an F1-inspired front blade designed as a nod to the brand’s success in the world of motor sport.
A racing chassis, lip spoiler and optional alloy wheels add to the sport feel of the new Renault Twingo RS. Inside, the Renault Twingo RS adds sport stitching and upholstery alongside more practical equipment such as air conditioning.
The Renault Twingo RS also comes with a unique on-board telemetry system called RS Monitor. The system tracks lap times by using GPS and lists performance figures such as G-force mapping, which can then be shared on social networking websites such as Facebook.
The new Twingo RS follows the larger Clio RS and the Megane RS in Renault’s traditionally-popular hot hatch range. Order books are open now in Renault’s home market in France, but UK versions have not been confirmed yet.
The new 2012 Renault Twingo was launched this year in UK Renault dealerships with prices starting from under £9,000 for entry-level models.
The new Renault Twingo is the first new Renault car to boast styling taken from the Renault DeZir supercar, most notable in the elongated front end and LED running lights.
Renault also plans to launch a racing-inspired ‘Gordini’ special edition of the Renault Twingo but has not confirmed if it will go on sale in the UK.
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