2016 Renault Twingo GT Teased, Debut Imminent

2016 Renault Twingo GT 1 photo
Photo: Renault
When the social media department of an automaker uses #Soon and #LetsRaceTogether on Facebook, I usually ignore that post and continue to scroll through my news feed for cat videos. But on this occasion, I had to stop and take a closer look.
Despite the obnoxiousness of those two hashtags, Renault is on to something here. More specifically, the Renaultsport arm is teasing us with the 2016 Renault Twingo GT. I know what you’re thinking right now, but no, this is definitely not the long-anticipated and much-rumored 2016 Renault Twingo R.S.

At the present moment, the most powerful Twingo available makes do with 90 PS (89 horsepower) from a 0.9-liter TCe three-cylinder turbocharged engine. In terms of torque, 135 Nm (100 lb-ft) has to suffice.

The 2016 smart fortwo Brabus is equipped with the same engine, but it’s tuned to churn out 109 PS (107 horsepower) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft). It remains to be seen if the Twingo GT will be offered exclusively with a double-clutch transmission or if a stick shift will come as standard.

Don’t know about you, but Renaultsport is not the kind of outfit to make the mistake of affixing the R.S. label to the hottest version of the Twingo. Simply put, such a mistake would dilute the image of the sporting arm of Renault. The GT handle will have to do, which is alright with me.

The teaser posted by Renaultsport on Facebook reveals what you would expect from a hotter variant of the Twingo: bigger alloy wheels with a two-three-tone finish, a fancy paint job, the obligatory Renaultsport badging, and not much more. Spy pics of the Twingo GT reveal two exhaust outlets, which is a bit overkill considering that the Renault 5 Turbo needed one exhaust pipe for a 1.4 Cleon-Fonte four-cylinder mill.

These said, expect to hear more about the 2016 Renault Twingo GT in the following days.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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