This is the Renault Twingo GT, a slightly hotter version of TG’s 2014 City Car of The Year and effectively the same car underneath as the rear-engined, rear-wheel drive Smart ForFour Brabus, which was revealed a few weeks ago.
The suspension and variable-rate steering settings have been revised, while the electronic stability control has been given a tweak. Renault claims that the Twingo GT handles in a much more responsive and precise manner than before, as a result.
We don’t expect the changes to turn the Twingo into a mini drift missile, but in any case, we’re keen to try one and find out – whatever happens it’ll almost certainly be a fun little thing to drive. It’ll be available in the UK this winter, and will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.
However, we didn’t need lairy one-off concepts to get us excited about a performance oriented Twingo. No, the old Twingo 133 was an exceptionally talented pocket rocket. Equipped with the Cup chassis, it was as hardcore and as uncompromised as almost any production car while still being exceptional fun.
The new Twingo GT might not be a proper Renault Sport product like the 133, and it’s far from as hardcore the TwinRun, but don’t let that worry you. There’s been no official weight announced for the GT, but considering it isn’t dramatically different, it will probably be close to the standard car’s 943kg. That gives it a power to weight ratio of 116bhp/ton. Still not outrageous by any means but it isn’t far off the 122bhp/ton of an original 2.0litre Porsche 911, the most iconic rear engined car.