This bunch of bananas is the exhaust on Renault’s forthcoming Twingo Renault Sport, brought to you by the same bunch of engineers who developed the Renault Sport Clios and Méganes.
The sportiest Twingo produces 131bhp from a honed 1.6-litre normally aspirated engine, rather than a tuned 1.2-litre turbo, because the littler engine couldn’t really take it. The stronger 1.6 unit revs to the other side of 7000rpm, with peak power at 6750, so it should prove to be a real fizzer.
Just as importantly, the Twingo weighs in at under 1000kg in regular form.
Renault Sport has done the usual on the suspension. The track is 60mm wider front and rear, the rear anti-roll bar is 25 per cent stiffer. The ride height is down by 10mm, while both springs and dampers are stiffened by 30 per cent. If that’s not enough, there’ll be a Cup chassis too, with another 4mm suspension drop and further stiffening of the springs and dampers. The Cup gets 17-inch alloys, the regular RS 16-inchers, both on 195-section tyres.
Renault reckons there’ll be plenty of difference between this car’s price and the Clio 197 and Cup, which means it should be less than thirteen grand.
We’ll get to drive it in September. On the current form of the Megane and Clio, forgive me if I have high hopes.