Hot(ish) New Renault Twingo GT Announced for Goodwood FOS

The hot hatch just got smaller.

When I drove the Renault Twingo earlier this year, I thought it was an excellent little city car, but a sportier version would be very welcome.

Renault seemingly listened to my request and have therefore announced the Twingo GT. Powered by an upgraded version of the existing 0.9-litre engine, the GT gets a healthy 108bhp power output while retaining the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

A revised air intake system and modified engine mapping helps boost torque to 170Nm, while new gear ratios further contribute to the car’s sprightly performance – although there’s currently no word of how sprightly that performance will be.

To cope with the extra power, the Twingo GT’s chassis gets revised suspension, specific ESP calibration and variable-rate steering. This promises sharper handling and more responsive steering feedback.

Cosmetically the GT gets 17-inch wheels, lateral air intakes, twin exhaust pipes, a lowered ride height, and a new orange body colour. There’s also Lunar Grey, Diamond Black and Crystal White to choose from.

Naturally, there’s be Renault Sport branding everywhere, including the door sills, aluminium pedals and an alloy gear lever knob.

The Twingo GT will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and will be available in the UK this winter.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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