Okay, car commercials tend to get just a little extreme and us Americans only get to see a fraction of them, due to certain makes not being sold in the States. One automaker that is not currently selling cars in the U.S., but does well in other markets around the world, is Renault. Part of its success may be due to its crazy commercials, like the one above.
Two women of near equal beauty – racecar driver and French TV presenter, Margot Laffite and a cute blonde known only as “Jenny” – whip a Twingo R.S. around the Nürburgring. The racing is great and the women are superb, but Renault had to add in a slight twist. That twist was to challenge “Jenny” to hold a fish bowl full of water and a fish while Laffite winged this hot hatch around the `Ring.
The reactions of “Jenny” are classic and the enjoyment in Laffite’s face as she scares the crap out of this “Glam passenger” are priceless. To make things a little more interesting for the guys, this well-built passenger is wearing a white shirt, and we all know what a white shirt plus water equals...
Put your tongues in your mouths, guys, she’s wearing a blue bra, so there’s nothing to see, unless wet lingerie is your deal.
In all, the video is pretty sweet and we can’t wait to see the next edition in Renault’s “Challenge Us If You Can” video campaign. Keep it here to get the latest videos as the become available.
Earlier in 2012, Renault unveiled the Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 Edition in order to celebrate the 2011 Formula 1 Constructors’ world title. Now the company is continuing the party with a new Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7 and an announcement for the production of a Megane R.S. This special Twingo will only be offered in 10 countries in Europe and will go on sale in June 2012.
Just like the previous Clio R.S, the new Twingo will be distinguished by design cues from Renault Sport including a forceful front-end styling and a large, vertically-mounted logo set to a black background. The front bumper gets a Formula 1-style blade, while at the rear there will be bigger wheel arches, lip spoiler, and diffuser. The model is painted in a very cool Pearlescent Black combined with Sirius Yellow on the F1-style blade, door mirror housings and lip spoiler.
The interior gets yellow stitching for the steering wheel, seats, and dash cowling, plus gloss black inserts for the dashboard and audio console.
Europe’s answer to SEMA – the Essen Motor Show – is coming up later this week and we’re already gearing up for what looks to be an eventful week in Germany as some of the world’s finest automakers troop to the event to show off their latest aftermarket creations.
One such brand that we already know is attending is Renault as they’ve announced one vehicle that will be displayed at the Essen show room floor: a tuning proposal for the Twingo-based Renault Wind courtesy of tuning company Elia.
We don’t have the full details on the vehicle, but we’ve scraped up enough information to know a few things about it.
For one, the car will either come with a 1.2-liter turbo engine or a 1.6-liter variant that will produce an output of 100 and 133 horsepower, respectively. The folks over at Elia are at work producing a performance package that will likely come in the form of an upgraded sport suspension and ECU unit that will see an increased output of 16 horsepower and 28Nm of torque.
Aesthetically speaking, Elia will also be adding LED daytime running lights and 18” allow wheels with two sets of tires being included in the front and rear – 205/35 up front and 235/30 at the back.
For now, that’s all the information we have, but as soon as more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update you not just on this tuned-up cutie, but on all the vehicles that will be at Essen for Europe’s largest aftermarket tuning event.
After Fiat unveiled the 500 Pink with its clear feminine distinction, Renault decided that a special edition Twingo developed especially for its feminine customers would be an excellent idea. Called the Twingo Miss Sixty, this special edition was developed in cooperation to the Miss Sixty, the international fashion label of the Sixty group bringing forth yet another successful collaboration between an auto brand and a fashion designer. The car will be hitting the runway at the Paris Auto Show.
This special edition will be available in Bohemian Pink or Pearlescent black and is distinguished by a glamorous exterior with a rock’n’roll interior. The Miss Sixty Twingo will feature a pink-rimmed tachometer and speedometer, a pink-stitched leather steering wheel, and pearlescent black door mirror housings. It may look like pink and black markers have thrown up all over the exterior and the interior of the car, but this funky color combination is what gives this hatchback the glam rock look needed to attract the attention of the feistiest females around.
The new Twingo Miss Sixty will go on sale across Europe this November. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date.
Renault announced today the special edition Twingo Rive Gauche that features exclusive Eiffel Tower decorative motif and comfort-enhancing features. This limited edition will only be offered in France and Austria and is priced at €11,450.
The new Twingo Rive Gauche features ’Rive Gauche’ badging on either side of the body, plus exclusive Eiffel Tower motifs on the door pillars, door handle recesses and foglamp surrounds. It is also equipped with a sport bumper, black headlamp backgrounds, front foglamps and Pearlescent Black exterior door mirror housings.
The long-rumored Twingo CC will make its world debut on March 2nd at the Geneva Motor Show. But Renault decided to call it "Wind", a model that "brings a completely different take on a car for drivers who enjoy wind-in-the-hair motoring."
The new Wind is a two-seater coupe-roadster with a length of 3.83 meters and an electric roof that can be opened in just 12 seconds. The model is aimed at motorists who lust after a car that is not only distinctive and compact, but also convertible yet practical enough for everyday use.
The new RenaultTwingo CC is yet to make its world debut but, as it turns out, the car’s die-cast version already has.
These photos, which somehow made its way on the Internet, show what looks to be a die-cast model of the Twingo CC that was produced by Norev, a French die-cast maker that’s no stranger to producing some pretty detailed scale models.
In the meantime, while we still continue to speculate on what the new Twingo CC really looks like, this new die-cast model of the car sounds like a good place to start. It may not be as intricately reliable as other options, but in the event that there is a shortage of options, this die-cast toy is a good place to start.
One of the more often overlooked cars out there is the Renault Twingo, sure it is still a compact city car aimed at the European masses, but you must admit that it has come a long way from the frog eyed micro car that was introduced at the Paris Motor Show back in 1992. The French in house tuners at Renault Sport Technologies are trying to get their little people mover a bit more exposure by releasing two new purpose built racing cars that can be driven to and from the racetrack as well as be competitive on it each with their own level of hardcore status.
The Twingo RS R2 begins life as a mere Twingo Renaultsport 133 road car powered by a special 1.6 Liter 16V four banger that develops 160 HP and is shifted via a five speed sequential gearbox. Taking the Twingo even further is the R1 version, complete with bolt in protective roll cage this is the model that Renault will present to the FIA in order to get it homologated for sanctioned racing competition. Using the same high performance suspension components as the R2, the R1 takes the daily driven race car to a whole new level, and although you can still use the R1 to go get groceries, you might want to think about investing in a trailer because you will definitely be going racing.
As you know, a few weeks ago Renault officially announced the return of the Gordini name, and the first model to carry this name is the small Twingo RS. The new Twingo Gordini R.S. will make its world debut on January 10, 2010, at the L’Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées, in Paris and sales will begin in march 2010.
Like any traditional Gordini model, the new Twingo Gordini RS comes painted with Malte Blue lacquered metallic finish combined with two white racing stripes.
At the exterior the car also receives front and rear bumpers enhanced by gloss black details and white contrasting finish on the fog-lamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings and lip spoiler. The car sits on either blue or black diamond-effect 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
On the interior Renault added Gordini sports seats, blue leather door panel inserts, blue and black leather steering wheel with two white stripes, blue gear lever bellows and Gordini-badged gear lever knob and a blue rev-counter with white surround.
A few days after Renault announced that two of its new concept cars, the Zoe ZE and the Twizy ZE Concept would be scheduled for launch in a few years, the French-based automaker has also announced that it would once dust-off the Gordini brand and add it to the Renault Sport range.
The announcement of the expected debut of the Twingo Gordini RS will be held at the L’Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées on November 25.
The Gordini brand rose in popularity in the 60’s where over 200,000 units were sold at that time. The brand’s popularity crossed mainstream thresholds after the car appeared in a number of French films during the decade.
After riding off into the sunset shortly thereafter, Gordini is motoring back to give a new generation of car buyers the chance to sit behind the wheel of one of Renault’s most popular cars. To retain the classic look of the compact car, Renault has made it clear that it would uphold the Gordini tradition. What this means is that the cars styling – including the off-center double stripes that was a trademark of Gordini back then – will likely stay the course. Renault has still to shed light as to what drivetrain the new Gordini models will have and the announcement will more than likely happen on the 25th of November, the day the Twingo Gordini RS is unveiled in France.