The hottest version of Renault’s rear-engined city car, on sale in December, sends 108bhp to its rear wheels
Sam Sheehan
22 November 2016

The Renault Twingo GT and Twingo Dynamique S will go on sale from 1 December 2016, with the former becoming the hottest model in the rear-wheel-drive city car's range.

Priced from £13,755, the Twingo GT is fitted with an uprated version of the Twingo’s turbocharged 898cc three-cylinder engine that produces 108bhp and 125lb ft of torque, thanks to the addition of a revised air intake and new engine mapping. Those figures are 19bhp and 25lb ft more than the current most powerful Twingo. The car also gets new gearbox ratios to help improve response times.

The car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.6sec and onto a top speed of 113mph. The car maker also says the engine's reponse times are among the best in its class, with the 50-75mph sprint taking less than 9.0sec.

Renault Sport has tweaked the Twingo’s chassis settings and variable-ratio steering with a focus on improving agility; new mapping for the car’s electronic stability programme (ESP) also gives more dynamic handling, says Renault.

The car’s styling is said to take inspiration from the Twin’Run concept of 2013, with the clearest indication of this being a set of exterior stripes. To emphasise its sporting credentials, the GT gets 17in alloy wheels and a twin-exit exhaust system.

It comes in a choice of four colours: Lunar Grey, Diamond Black, Crystal White and an orange that is unique to the model. Other features include Renault Sport-badged door sills, aluminium pedals and a metal gearknob.

Twingo Dynamique S

The Twingo Dynamique S is a revised model that replaces the current car with the same name. It slots into the range below the GT priced from £12,205, and gets an 898cc engine in either turbocharged 89bhp or naturally aspirated 69bhp spec mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The quickest Dynamique S, the TCe 90, can hit 62mph in 10.8sec, while the most efficient, the SCe 70, can eke out a claimed 67.3mpg while emitting 95g/km of CO2.

As standard Dynamique S models come with 16in diamond cut alloy wheels and inside, aluminium pedals and part-leather upholstery are included. Buyers can also option in GT bodywork, extra tinted windows, automatic lights and wipers and parking sensors.

Read our review of the Renault Twingo The Colour Run here

Read our review of the old Twingo 133 here

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7 June 2016
My question is: Why would anyone consider buying one? It's "new" design is plainly ugly and I see no practical purpose for this vehicle.

23 June 2016
rybo1 wrote:

My question is: Why would anyone consider buying one? It's "new" design is plainly ugly and I see no practical purpose for this vehicle.

You seem to be in the minority. Design is nice, style is sporty, practicality for a city car is super. Purpose fulfilled for many people. I'd consider one.

Tov

7 June 2016
I really like the look of this. At last, someone has made a city car with some decent poke. 100+bhp in a car this small should surely be very good fun to drive. I don't need anything bigger than a supermini so I'd happily drive one.

Tov79

23 June 2016
Tov wrote:

I really like the look of this. At last, someone has made a city car with some decent poke. 100+bhp in a car this small should surely be very good fun to drive. I don't need anything bigger than a supermini so I'd happily drive one.

Tov, there's a car thats been on sale for a while, its the Abarth 595. Series 4 has just been launched, the base model 'Custom' has 145bhp, 165bhp with the Turismo or 180bhp with the Competizione. All are amazingly good fun to drive. Even a normal Fiat 500 can be had with 105bhp (TwinAir, a cracking engine).
(I'm not a Fiat or Abarth employee, but just drove a 595 and ordering one shortly!)

Paul Brighton.

22 November 2016
That's a good call and with a difference as little as £1,250 for a lot quicker car it can't be ignored.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

8 June 2016
This car sound and looks good. Small car using rear wheel drive. Awesome. Lets hope the RS version will be next.

23 June 2016
Let's hope they've done enough to the handling over the insipid standard car to make it truly entertaining to drive.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

23 June 2016
This or the McLaren P1 LM, it's a toughie.

23 June 2016
Autocar's current title wrote:

Renault Twingo GT revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Ok, and the pictures from there are....?

SX1

25 June 2016
Love the look of this Twingo, there are clear references to the old and much loved Renault 5 1st generation.

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