The historic Gordini name is to return with this car, the Twingo Gordini Renaultsport. On sale next March, the model is based on a standard Twingo Renaultsport 133 and gets a series of styling additions to earn the Gordini name. No prices have been released yet, but the car is expected to cost around £14,000, around £1600 more than the standard Renaultsport Twingo Cup.
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.
A Clio Gordini is expected to be revealed at next year's Geneva motor show, based on the Renault Clio GT. Following that, a Megane Gordini is the next model under discussion, although even if it is given the go-ahead, it is not expected to be launched until 2011.