What is it?
It's the Mk 2 version of a French mega-mini that was originally launched in 1993 to huge critical acclaim. Why? Because despite never being sold in the UK on account of Renault's refusal to re-engineer it for right-hand drive, Twingo MK 1 was probably the funkiest small car in the world throughout the 1990s. And it's still on sale today, 14 years later, in some European markets.
Twingo 1 was a ground-breaking piece of car design that's been endlessly copied, specifically by the far Eastern car makers, but it didn't do anywhere near as well commercially as Renault had hoped.
Hence the reason Twingo Mk 2 is a rather more conventional, grown-up kind of car, even though it still weighs less than a tonne (cue applause) and will cost less than 10 grand when it goes on sale in September (the list price is £9995 for the GT and £8375 for the 75bhp Dynamique).
Under its disappointingly straight-looking skin the Twingo GT is effectively a previous-generation Clio with a new light pressure turbo 1.2-litre engine that develops 100bhp at 5500rpm and 107lb ft at 3000rpm. But it also has an overboost facility that ups power by 5bhp and torque by 4lb ft for up to a minute in second, third and fourth gears.
The headline claim for this engine is that it delivers 'the power of a 1.4 and the torque of a 1.6 with the economy and emissions of a 1.2.' Zero to 60mph takes a claimed 9.8sec while the top speed is 117mph.
What's it like?
On the road Twingo 2 is a genuinely enjoyable little car but it's also surprisingly refined, just as it needs to be in 2007.
Performance from the 1.2 turbo is never going to tear your hair off, but it's amazing how smoothly and rapidly you can make progress without having to drop below fourth gear.
Above 5000rpm the engine is not at its best but, in a way, that's not hugely important because the 1.2 delivers its best work lower down the range, which makes Twingo 2 a surprisingly useful performer in the real world.