Currently reading: Renault Twingo RS ‘impossible’ due to compact engine bay
Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti confirms GT will be hottest version of rear-driven city car
Jim Holder
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1 min read
1 August 2016

The Renault Twingo GT’s compact engine bay makes it “almost impossible” to build a Twingo RS, according to Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti.

The Twingo GT (pictured above) was first unveiled at Goodwood in June and is powered by a reworked version of the standard car’s turbocharged 898cc triple, producing 108bhp and 125lb ft thanks to a revised air intake and new engine mapping.

“We think the GT is the right balance between power, agility and cost,” said Ratti. “With that power and the steering and suspension changes, it is really fun to drive, and we’ve been able to do all that without adding too much complication and therefore cost.

“An RS would need around 150bhp, which presents all sorts of challenges. There’s not much room for a four-cylinder engine — which would be the cheapest way to get 150bhp. To get a three-cylinder engine to 150bhp would mean redesigning the engine, and at that point the project becomes very expensive — probably too much for an A-segment hot hatch.”

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gagaga 1 August 2016

My takeaway from this article

is the word 'almost'.
jason_recliner 1 August 2016

No Biggie

I'll have a GT, then. The only small car I find even remotely desirable. Well, unless you include the Cactus, bit that seems more like a medium sized car.
Pistachio 1 August 2016

Nothing is impossible

Why have they said that the RS could be possible if they put their minds to it , how about a twin engined RS with 2 seats and rear seat becomes luggage bay or even a mid engined one like the old Clio?
Pistachio 1 August 2016

Nothing is impossible

Why have they said that the RS could be possible if they put their minds to it , how about a twin engined RS with 2 seats and rear seat becomes luggage bay or even a mid engined one like the old Clio?

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