Next-Gen Renault Twingo RS: Is It Even Going to Happen?

Renault Twingo RS 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
We still have a couple of weeks until Renault reveals most of the new Twingo's secrets in Geneva, plenty of time to talk about the car's future and where Renault might take it.
The new Twingo is developed together with smart, who will use the platform for a new fortwo. The engine is in the back and there might not be a manual gearbox, but we can live with all of that as long as there's an RS model that goes "BANG!". But will there? Will Renault get a chance to log a bigger engine in there, when smart's Brabus cars just use tuned factory unit? I really don't know.

I think it was about a year ago when Renault announced they'd stop making the Twingo RS, which at that time came with a 1.6-liter producing 133 hp. That same engine was used by a Clio III called the GT. Following the same logic, a new Renault Twingo RS would have to use the same engine as a Clio 4 GT.

That car gets a 1.2-liter four-cylinder turbo from the TCe family making 120 hp. It's actually not very fast, but with a 0 to 100 km/h time of about 9 seconds, it's still brisk. Given that unit and the double-clutch EDC gearbox it's mated to, a 900 kg Twingo RS would be fast, but will all that technology even fit?

Rendering by X-Tomi Design
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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