The French car maker has refrained from providing any official details, but insiders expect the model to be badged as a GT and to feature a more powerful version of the range-topping Twingo’s 898cc three-cylinder engine.
Currently, the most powerful Twingo produces 89bhp and 100lb ft of torque, but experts think the new range-topping model would have to increase these figures by around 25% to warrant its GT badging.
This would mean peak output somewhere in the region of 110bhp, with torque close to 125lb ft.
Renault’s performance arm, Renault Sport, will have had some input in the new Twingo’s chassis set-up (confirmed by the badging on the pictured car’s side). However, the new model is unlikely take the Renault Sport name because its power output falls well below that of the old RS Twingo, which produced 131bhp.
More details will be revealed in the coming weeks when the car makes its official debut.