£2100 premium over standard car; just 200 in UK
26 March 2010

The Renault Twingo Gordini Renaultsport will cost £14,500 - and just 200 cars will be sold in the UK. On sale in April, the model is based on a standard Twingo Renaultsport 133 and gets a series of styling additions to earn the Gordini name. The price is around £2100 more than the standard car.

A brief history of Gordini

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The Gordini modifications include metallic blue or black paintwork, two white racing stripes, gloss black front and rear bumper sections, and a white finish on the fog lamp surrounds, exterior door mirror housings and rear tailgate spoiler. Buyers also get 17-inch alloys, with the inner rim finished in blue or black.

Gordini Series badging either side refers back to the 1960s heyday of the Gordini Cup in France, when the qualifying heats of the different race meetings were known as "series".

Other changes include sports seats, blue leather door panel inserts, a blue and black leather steering wheel, a Gordini badged gearknob and a leather-trimmed dash cowl.

Extra equipment over the Renaultsport 133 includes automatic climate control, automatic headlamp activation, automatic wiper activation, cruise control, a speed limiter, fully disconnectable ESP, extra-tinted rear windows and individual sliding rear seats.

As with the standard Renaultsport, buyers can specify a Cup chassis for a lower ride height and stiffer springs and dampers, curtain airbags, an electrically-operated panoramic sunroof. A Gordini key fob and Gordini carpet mats are also options.

The return of Gordini is being masterminded by Renault Design, and future Gordini models are not expected to be based on Renaultsport models.

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26 March 2010

It's a shame to see Renault using this great name in such a feeble way. The addition of a few trim pieces do not earn the Gordini name - I'd expect something a bit more special.


26 March 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]It's a shame to see Renault using this great name in such a feeble way. The addition of a few trim pieces do not earn the Gordini name - I'd expect something a bit more special. [/quote]

+1

And please stop fitting extra dark tints on rear windows, it nasty and tacky.

26 March 2010

£2100 seems like a big price hike for what are essentially cosmetic changes! Besides, the standard Sport Twingo doesn't really look that different, and that's quite a bargain at £12500. I hope Renault get the Gordini name back on track... I can only think it's going to suffer a tirade of abuse if it's continually used for cosmetic reasons.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

26 March 2010

+2. I would have though stripped out one would be more fitting of the Gordini name. Not very "Gordini" if it weighs more than the standard car. Completely with you on the window tints, and would proffer that the stripes create the same effect, in my eyes.

26 March 2010

for that money you can get the clio cup that will run rings around the twingo, i actually think the car looks good but i dont like the fact it costs £2100 more than the standard car ok it has a lot more kit but the car renault sport one seems a bargain so why is any1 gunna buy the gordani over the RS or the clio cup for that matter?

26 March 2010

[quote Autocar]On sale in April, the model is based on a standard Twingo Renaultsport 133 and gets a series of styling additions to earn the Gordini name. The price is around £2100 more than the standard car.[/quote] Er, how many people are going to waste £2,000? Renault had a great rally car in the 8 Gordini, what we have here is a fashion statement. I can't see folk switching from Minis to Gordini's, sorry Regie - you must try harder.

26 March 2010

I dont rate it but... with only 200 being sold, if i was a dealer/collector i would buy a mint one used for £7k after 3 years and then dry store it in a garage for 20 years.


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