The second generation of the Twingo is based on the previous Clio’s platform. That might not sound like an appealing fact, but the reality is different, as Renault has made serious efforts to update the underpinnings, tweaking the suspension and keeping the weight down. The latter fact is actually the Twingo’s main tech asset.
As you know, contemporary cars suffer from obesity, due to the automaker’s lack of determination to make efforts to counterbalance the side effects of strict safety regulations and interior space demand. Well, the Twingo manages to tip the scales at 50 kg below the 1 ton mark.
This can really be felt once you start moving, as the car will do what you want, when you want. Yes, powered by this engine, it will make a huge fuss about accelerating and the suspension will complain about having to corner hard, but the driver’s orders are followed.
Under the hood, we have a declaration of downsizing, a 1,149 cc petrol four banger that delivers 75 hp and 107 Nm of torque. These numbers won’t even bring the car close to a good status in the straight line dynamics area, but the engine’s willingness to rev is adorable.
The rev counter, which is the only instrument placed in front of the driver, will hit its red line (in the lower gears) in a manner that will make you want to keep it there. This is what we did and you can’t blame us - just listen to the engineers: the maximum power comes at 5,500 rpm, while the peak torque arrives at 4,250 rpm.
On paper, this means that the vehicle will cover the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 12 seconds flat and keep on upping the ante until its digital speedometer shows 171 km/h (106 mph). In the real world, this is translated in second and third gear acceleration that doesn’t make you regret you got in the car and the ability to cruise in a decent manner as long as you don’t plan to break any speed limits.
We have to tell you that the vehicle we tested had an annoying... lack. It didn’t allow us to see the fuel consumption. Thus, we were forced to measure this using the “fill ‘er up!” method.Continue reading
RENAULT Twingo technical data summary
Engine: 1149 cm3 cc L4 gasoline
Dimensions: 141.7 in (3599 mm) length / 65.1 in (1654 mm) width / 57.9 in (1471 mm) height
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