The car is priced £13,755 on the road and Renault Sport’s boffins have worked wonders with its design.
One immediate visible difference of previous sporty Twingo models is the air intake – now part of the left rear wing. This very deliberate design means the temperature of air entering the car’s turbocharger is reduced by 12 per cent.
By contrast the flow rate of air is increased by 23 per cent, while Renault Sport has used its development work from the Mégane Renault Sport to optimise the mapping of the accelerator pedal and a specially-designed, freer-flowing twin silencer exhaust has been incorporated.
The result is not only 110hp but 170Nm of torque from the 898c TCe engine but also a 0-62mph time of 9.6 seconds. Meanwhile 50-75mph is achieved in nine seconds, the car delivering an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 110hp per ton.
In terms of ride and handling the GT is 20mm lower than the normal Twingo with Renault Sport again having significant input into chassis behaviour. Stiffer shock absorbers, a larger diameter anti-roll bar, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels fitted with Yokohama BluEarth tyres add to both performance – similar to that of the potent 133 – and driver enjoyment.
Plenty of comfort and safety has also gone into the design of the new Twingo GT – note the new design the R&GO application that turns a smartphone into a touchscreen including sat-nav via an in-app purchase. Other standard features include ABS, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), speed limiter and cruise control.
The new Twingo GT comes in four funky colours – the new i.d Blaze Orange plus Crystal White, Lunar Grey or Diamond Black.
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