Renault has revived the famous Gordini name with a new range-topping Twingo Renaultsport model.
Gordini began life making its own sports cars, and even competed in Formula 1 in the 1950s. It became a Renault engine tuner, and Renault eventually bought the firm, producing Gordini badged versions of the Renault Dauphine, Renault 8 and Renault 12 road cars.
Now Gordini is back as a new top specification level for Renault’s Renaultsport hot hatch line, beginning with the Renaultsport Gordini, it seems, is intended to rival , and perhaps cars like the Seat Ibiza Bocanegra – a more exclusive version of the regular Ibiza Cupra.
Classic Gordini style…
Key Gordini styling cues are French blue with white stripes. The Twingo Gordini Renaultsport is actually finished in Malta Blue (and also available in black), with white stripes, additional white detailing, and gloss black bumper inserts. ‘Gordini Series’ badges brand the flanks, while 17-inch alloys come with a choice black or optional blue inner rims, and a polished face.
On the inside, the Twingo Gordini is upgraded with quilted leather, embossed with the Gordini name and finished in black and blue. There are blue leather door panels, black and blue leather steering wheel, blue gearlever gaiter and Gordini gearknob. The rev counter is blue and the dashboard cowl is leather trimmed.
That’s a whole lot of luxury for such a little car – and the list of additional standard equipment is also impressive. Automatic climate control, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, speed limiter, 80w stereo with iPod/MP3 player connector and stability control are all included.
…but at what price?
Being a Renaultsport model, the Gordini gets the usually sporty chassis set-up; however, the ultimate ‘Cup’ suspension remains optional. And unlike Abarth Fiats – which all boast increased performance – the Gordini retains the standard 131bhp 1.6-litre Renaultsport engine.
Further options include a panoramic windscreen, curtain airbags (which really should be fitted as standard) and Gordini branded keyfobs and floor mats.
The Renault Twingo Gordini Renaultsport goes on sale in March 2010. Renault hasn’t yet revealed how much it will cost, but the premium over the current £12,495 Twingo Renaultsport seems likely to be very hefty.
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