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2019 Renault Twingo

2019 Renault Twingo

Is having a pretty city car face enough to make the Twingo a success?

Renault radically changed the formula for its third-generation Twingo city runabout. The first- and second-gen Twingos were front-engined, front-wheel drive, three-door cars (and the second one even had a proper hot hatch variant). For its third generation, though, Renault completely changed things around, making the Twingo a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, five-door model.

Further differentiating it from its predecessors was its design. Whereas the two previous Twingo incarnations were styled to look as modern and fresh as possible, the current Twingo has a retro-inspired look that owes everything to the iconic Renault 5. And it really works - the Twingo is cute, tasteful and, even though there are other retro-inspired cars out there, it’s among the most successful from a visual standpoint.

But it too isn’t especially new, as it was launched back in 2015 and was recently given its mid-lifecycle refresh. Renault didn’t change anything major, though; the refresh has changed the front and rear bumpers, the headlights, as well as added some extra interior customization options. One of the engines available for the Twingo also gets a power boost courtesy of the facelift and some extra tech has been added too.

But overall, it’s still the same fresh looking car that attracted a lot of attention back when it was launched. That attention didn’t really translate into it becoming a sales hit, yet you still see a fair few of them scuttling around Europe’s major cities (the Fiat 500 is still king in this respect and the Twingo didn’t manage to dethrone it).

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2017 Renault Twingo GT

2017 Renault Twingo GT

A five-door hatchback with a little extra pop

Here in the U.S., the “city car” (a.k.a. sub-compact, supermini, or kei car) is still a bit of an oddity, but overseas, it’s much more established. One of the leaders in this space is French automaker Renault, which produces several urban-friendly models, including the Twingo. First debuting at the Paris Motor Show in 1992, the original Twingo was a FWD three-door hatchback. The second generation dropped in 2007, followed by the third-gen Twingo III at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014. Co-developed with Daimler’s Smart division, the third gen gained two doors and moved the drivetrain to the rear, eventually gaining widespread critical praise for its styling and fun factor. But some enthusiasts were left wanting more, so in a bid to spark a little extra excitement, Renault has unveiled the Twingo GT, which comes with performance-oriented aesthetics like racing stripes and 17-inch alloys, interior upgrades like new trim and aluminum pedals, and 20 extra horsepower complemented by a retuned suspension.

The last time we saw a sporty Twingo was in 2012 with the RS 133, and while many found it endlessly entertaining, others couldn’t help but feel as though the lack of output was a bit out of sync with the RS badge. This time around, Renault is instead blessing the new hatch with the GT nomenclature, all while instilling the tiny turn-burner with characteristic Renault Sport handling.

So then, is it a hot hatch, or just lukewarm? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Twingo GT.

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2012 Renault Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7

2012 Renault Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7

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.

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2010 Renault Wind by Elia

2010 Renault Wind by Elia

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.

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2011 Renault Twingo Miss Sixty

2011 Renault Twingo Miss Sixty

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Twingo Rive Gauche

2010 Renault Twingo Rive Gauche

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Wind

2010 Renault Wind

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Twingo RS R1 and R2

2010 Renault Twingo RS R1 and R2

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Twingo Gordini R.S.

2010 Renault Twingo Gordini R.S.

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup

2010 Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup

Some people protest that the rest of the world gets really cool cars while we here in the U.S. are subjected to watered down versions of automobiles that are more fun to drive in other parts of the globe. Unfortunately for domestic drivers, Renault hasn’t sold a new car in the U.S. since the 1980s so we will never know the joy of driving a Twingo, just saying the name is fun. Adding to an already great product, the French manufacturer has decided to churn out a few stripped down lightweight examples of one of Europe’s favorite hot hatches.

Just like Hyundai’s upcoming Genesis Coupe R-Spec, the Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup is a more affordable variant of a sporty economy car that comes with a few key components that makes the more expensive models great while ditching a few unnecessary items to keep costs down. Aimed at delivering a more focused driving experience with less equipment and a lower price, the factory tuned Cup car will go on sale in places like Europe and South America starting in November, starting at around $17,000. The Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup keeps Renault’s optional sport suspension that lowers the car almost an inch and a half while incorporating firmer dampeners and a set of springs that are about ten percent stiffer than the factory coils. You also get a set of 17 inch lightweight aluminum alloys wrapped in sporty rubber, but you don’t get a few things like air conditioning and the Twingo’s signature sliding rear buckets; however you can get Glacier White bodywork with a few accents done up in glossy black.

Even though the RS 133 Cup has all the proper equipment to go fast around the bends, it is still powered by a 133 HP 1.6 Liter four cylinder and takes all of 8.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 MPH on its way to a 125 MPH top speed. Now those performance numbers aren’t quite that impressive, but we can guarantee you that it gets great gas mileage. Perhaps a few of these factory tuned lightweight econoboxes would go a long way towards breathing a healthy dose of fun into an automaker’s lineup while helping out their CAFE situation at the same time.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Twingo Customization Options

2009 Renault Twingo Customization Options

Renault unveiled today in Paris a new customization program for the Twingo. The customization options for Renault Twingo are unlimited, thanks to the decorative trim available. For example, freestyle graphics (available in black or white Tattoo or Poppies, at a cost of €35 for 3) can be placed wherever the customer wishes, ensuring that the product is completely exclusive. Previewed at the PTS, more than 45 new offers will join the existing range.

Two Twingo Renault Sport cars have been converted to represent Angel and Devil, a graphic theme demonstrating all the design potential offered by Twingo in terms of customization. It highlights the Twingo’s sporty aspect, by connecting the 2 optical blocks of the front side, continuing to the rear tailgate, finishing up on the "Twingo" marked on the tailgate, like a comet tail.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Renault Sport Twingo

2008 Renault Sport Twingo

Here’s another hatch that Europe gets to tease the U.S. with. Renault has not been bringing cars to the United States for almost 20 years now. In that time they’ve put out some cars we may wish we’d had, including this new Renault Sport Twingo. The new car is based on the everyday Twingo, but it is given a 1.6-liter engine that puts out 133 horsepower. That kind of power in a tiny car combined with a sport chassis can make for a cool little car. If the car were sold here, the current exchange rate would put the price at around $23,000.


Enjoy some video of performance driver training given by Renault. The French company offers a training school for new owners for the reasonable price of €1.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Renault Twingo Night and Day

2008 Renault Twingo Night and Day

Renault unveiled the Twingo Night & Day, a new limited edition based on the Dynamique version. The new limited edition car combines striking looks with distinctive floral graphics on the pearlescent black foglamp trims, B-pillar and rear bumper. The motif can even be carried over to the key.


Twingo Night & Day is feminine, modern and practical in every detail and features extra-tinted rear glass, Twingo-branded sill trims, a 40W redio-CD, standard manual climate control, specific upholstery, four airbags and sliding, independent rear seats.

The new limited edition version can be ordered with one of two engines - the 1.2 16V 75hp or the 1.5 dCi 65hp – and comes in two body colours (Pearlescent Black and Glacier White).

Prices in France start from €11,950, while Twingo Night & Day will also be available in Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Holland.

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2008 Renault Twingo RS

2008 Renault Twingo RS

Renault will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the new Twingo RS (Renault Sport). The new Twingo is inspired by the Twingo Concept that was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. It will join the RS line-up next to Clio and Megane RS.

Twingo Renault Sport is a genuine hot hatch with looks to match and was designed to deliver both enjoyable roadholding and genuine sports performance. Its efficient, balanced chassis has been mated to a fiery but flexible 133hp engine to form a package that is sure to appeal to all those who seek sporting sensations and driving pleasure during everyday motoring.

Press release after jump.

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2007 Renault Twingo Nokia

2007 Renault Twingo Nokia

Twingo Nokia addresses new-tech buffs with a range of built-in communication features. Under a partnership with Nokia, this special edition boasts three advanced in-car entertainment and communication systems:

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2007 Renault Twingo

2007 Renault Twingo

A longstanding player in the small car segment, Renault has sold more than 2.4 million Twingos since the model’s launch in April 1993. The release of New Twingo, which will go on sale in June 2007, forms part of Renault Commitment 2009 and the introduction of 26 new cars, including 13 aimed at conquering new markets. New Twingo boosts Renault’s presence in the small car segment alongside Clio Campus, Modus and Clio III.
Thanks to its chassis derived from the B-segment and a powertrain range (...)

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2006 Renault Twingo

2006 Renault Twingo

Twingo thinks big
Twingo is a city car that is big on the inside and small on the outside. Two million have been produced since the model was launched, and it is now the market leader in its segment in France and Western Europe.

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