Rear-driven city car to get more potent engine and, insiders say, Twingo GT badging

A hot new Renault Twingo model has been shown in this closely cropped image ahead of a global launch later this month.

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.

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3 June 2016
Renault Sport does wonders with everything it gets its hands on, and the Twingo's rear engine layout has so much potential: imagine one with a -much- wider track, in the vein of the classic R5 that would be something to put Renault back on the map

3 June 2016
Surely it will have the same engine that is in the revcently announced Smart Forfour Brabus. THink it has 109bhp. That would be a decent amount of power for a fun little city car. I hope it is a fun as it should be for a rear engined and rear wheel drive car

4 June 2016
Should make for an interesting group test.

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