Twingo Renault sport entry level access to the renault sport thrill, with complete control
With cars like the R8 Gordini, 5 GT Turbo and Clio Williams, the Renault range has always featured affordable sporty cars based on mainstream production models. Twingo Renault Sport is latest car to enjoy that distinction.
Twingo Renault Sport is the result of a double challenge which sought to deliver a car with genuine sporty credentials at an affordable price. It is a Renault Sport car through and through, and features the same ingredients that have helped forged the success of its larger siblings, Clio and Megane Renault Sport. These include specific styling, coupled with a chassis, engine and braking system engineered for a high standard of efficiency and performance that is also suited to everyday use. Twingo Renault Sport's release stems from a desire to facilitate access to the Renault Sport experience.
Twingo Renault Sport's compact proportions and sharp styling echo the Twingo Concept show car which was a star of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The newcomer's pedigree and sporty looks are highlighted by its bumpers, wider front and rear wings, sculpted side skirts and an aerodynamic spoiler. Inside, the cabin has been tailored for focused sports driving, with Renault Sport front seats for enhanced lateral support, plus specific aluminium pedals, a leather steering wheel and revcounter.
From launch, it will be possible to customise the car to owners' individual tastes thanks to a range of exterior and interior Renault Sport detailing accessories, as well as a multimedia connection point.
As suggested by its fully disconnectable ESP, which comes as standard, Twingo Renault Sport delivers genuine sports enjoyment but is also suited to everyday use. Its finely balanced handling ensures that it is easy to assimilate and fun to drive, while ensuring a particularly high standard of safety. As is the case with Clio and Megane Renault Sport, two types of chassis ('Sport' and 'Cup') are available. Both benefit from wider front and rear tracks, while the main components of its powerful, durable braking system are sourced from higher segment models.
Twingo Renault Sport is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre 16V engine developed by Renault Sport Technologies. This powerplant pumps out 133hp (98kW) at 6,750rpm, with 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The unit's punchy character is reinforced by a characteristic engine note which has been the focus of specific development. The four-into-one exhaust is a technological feat which strikes a perfect balance between acoustics, performance and low emissions.
Twingo Renault Sport has plenty in its favour to win over a new, young clientele. To support these customers buying their first hot hatch, Renault Sport is offering a Renault Sport Experience driving tuition course in certain countries. This service is unprecedented in the small car segment and offers instruction on safe driving techniques. The Renault Sport Experience comes in addition to the Enthusiast Days which permit customers to drive their car in the safe environment of a circuit in the presence of instructors and service staff.
MOTOR SPORT IN ITS GENES
Renault has always been a major player in the world of motor sport and its record reveals a long list of successes in many legendary races and competitions. From the R8 Gordini and Clio Williams to the 5 GT Turbo, the Renault range has always featured sports versions of mainstream production models. The latest car to enjoy this distinction is Twingo Renault Sport.
Renault's motor sport heritage…
Ever since its creation in 1898, Renault has been a major player in the world of motor sport. It won the Paris-Madrid road race as early as 1903, has notched up many memorable successes in rallying and endurance racing (1978 Le Mans 24 Hours) and has held several land speed records. It has also marked history with such bold innovations as the introduction of Formula 1's first turbocharged engine in 1977. Three decades on, Renault secured back-to-back FIA Formula 1 Constructors' titles in 2005 and 2006.
This commitment, which is anchored in Renault's DNA, is not simply founded on pumping up power outputs. "We have the privilege of addressing a demanding, connoisseur clientele, and many of our competitors compete actively," points out Remi Deconinck, the General Manager of Renault Sport Technologies. Buyers of Renault Sport vehicles are genuine specialists and are looking for a car that mirrors their personality. These exceptional cars are derived from the Clio, Megane and now Twingo ranges, but have been through the expert hands of Renault Sport specialists who are accustomed to exacting world of competition.
In Europe, the Renault Sport brand benefits directly from the reputation of the World Series by Renault which has attracted almost two million spectators since its creation in 2005. Renault is the only carmaker to run a motor sport programme of this sort. Conviviality has played a key part in the success of the World Series by Renault which makes a point of providing entertainment for all the family. A special welcome is also reserved for customers who attend World Series by Renault meetings with their personal Renault sports model or classic car.
"In emerging countries where Formula 1 serves as a locomotive for our brand's image and reputation," continues Remi Deconinck, "the aim of Renault Sport Technologies is to showcase the tie that exists between motor sport and the brand's ability to propose high performance motor cars." Renault Sport Technologies also has a role to play in Renault's international growth thanks notably to its experience as the world's biggest organiser of motor races.
…combined with Twingo's own DNA
Twingo Renault Sport is the result the double challenge that consisted in delivering sports performance and equipment at an affordable price. It is a genuine Renault Sport model which features the same ingredients that have forged the success of its larger siblings, Clio and Megane Renault Sport, namely specific looks and a chassis/engine package that has been engineered for performance and efficiency. Twingo Renault Sport forms part of Renault's bid to make the Renault Sport range accessible to an even broader public. It also marks an extension of the Twingo range with a view to meeting the demands of all its customers.
RENAULT SPORT EXPERIENCE, FOR SAFE DIRVING ENJOYMENT
Renault Sport Experience driving tuition is available for buyers of Twingo Renault Sport in certain countries. This service is unprecedented in the small car segment and provides new owners with instruction on car control to enable them to share the Renault Sport thrill in total safety. Depending on market, this tuition is included in Twingo Renault Sport's attractive price.
Renault Sport Experience, socially responsible driver training…
With its sharp looks, sports handling and attractive price, Twingo Renault Sport is sure to appeal to a new clientele interested in being part of the world of Renault Sport. Our forecasts predict that nearly half of potential buyers will be less than 30 years of age. To support these customers buying their first hot hatch, Renault Sport is offering every client in several European markets a service that is unprecedented in the car's segment: the Renault Sport Experience. Highly-trained instructors will give Twingo Renault Sport owners tuition in safe driving techniques, with subjects covered including the position of hands on the steering wheel, driving lines, braking, grip, management of the ABS and ESP systems, etc..
…which combines driving enjoyment and safety
Renault Sport Experience driver training has two key priorities:
- Experiencing the Renault Sport thrill
The Renault Sport Experience scheme aims to promote common values by helping new buyers to:
- enjoy driving a hot hatch on a closed circuit,
- make the most of the car's handling performance,
- understand and use the electronic driving aids for greater safety.
- Total control
Renault has stood out as the benchmark in the realm of automotive safety for more than fifty years, and is now acting to improve the on-road behaviour of its customers. To ensure Twingo Renault Sport owners drive responsibly and calmly, this training course will teach them about:
- deriving driving enjoyment from aspects other than speed,
- ensuring the safety of themselves, their passengers and other road users,
- the satisfaction to be gained from driving well and responsibly.
Endorsed by Romain Grosjean
The Renault Sport Experience is endorsed by French driver Romain Grosjean who embodies the values Renault is seeking to promote through this programme, namely excellent driving standards combined with a responsible attitude. He proves that it is possible to be young and passionate about sports driving while remaining socially responsible, both on track and on the road. He has helped design the contents of the theoretical and practical components of the course, and is the signatory of the completion certificates awarded to each driver.
Having served his apprenticeship in the Renault Driver Development programme (RDD), Grosjean, 22, is currently a test driver for the ING Renault F1 Team. He has already won titles in Formula Renault 1600, Formula Renault 2000 and the F3 Euroseries, and recently won the GP2 Asia Series. He is ranked among the favourites for the European GP2 championship.
TWINGO RENAULT SPORT, SPORTY LOOKS DESIGNED FOR PERFORMANCE
Compact proportions and sharp styling echo the Twingo Concept show car which was a star of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Twingo's distinctive looks have been made even more athletic thanks to the newcomer's specific bumpers, wider front and rear wings, sculpted side skirts and aerodynamic spoiler which all point to the car's sporting pedigree. Inside, the cabin has been tailored for focused sports driving, with a number of details that are unique to this model: Renault Sport seats for enhanced lateral support, aluminium pedals, a leather steering wheel and a specific rev counter. A customisation programme is also available, allowing buyers to adapt their new car to their personal taste and needs. Exterior and interior Renault Sport detailing is available, along with a multimedia connection point.
Power and poise
Twingo Renault Sport's compact proportions and sharp styling embody its fun-to-drive, sporty nature, and are reminiscent of the Twingo Concept show car. Additional cooling for the 133hp naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre 16V engine is provided by a wide Renault Sport airintake grille in the front bumper. The sculpted side sills, coupled with wider front and rear wings, underline Twingo Renault Sport's assertive pedigree and character. At the rear, the chromed exhaust tail pipe emerges through a two-tone bumper. The foglamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings, 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels and aerodynamic spoiler all sport the same shade of anthracite grey. Renault Sport badging can be added to the flanks or rear bumper. Like the chequered flag graphics, these designs conjure up the dynamic world of motor sport.
Twingo Renault Sport is fitted with generously-proportioned tyres (195/45 R16 or 195/40 R17) mounted on aluminium alloy wheels. They house substantial brake discs and callipers which provide powerful, durable braking performance. Twingo Renault Sport also introduces a new colour to the Renault Sport range, with the new Altica Grey once again echoing Twingo Concept. Three other metallic shades are available (Nacre Black; Extreme Blue and Platine Grey), in addition to the non-metallic Vif Red.
Sports styling inside
The ergonomic driving position conjures up the world of racing with features that are centred firmly on the driver: aluminium pedals, and a four-spoke perforated leather steering wheel with dark charcoal stitching. For added comfort, it gives the driver's hands perfect grip in the 'ten-to-two' position. The rev-counter is located directly behind the steeringwheel, echoing racing car design: employing a specific typeface, the numbers grow in size as the needle approaches the red line at 7,000rpm. Just like in the cockpit of the ING Renault F1 Team's R28 Formula 1 car, the rev-counter features a gear change alert to warn the driver as the engine approaches maximum revs.
The dark charcoal interior trim neatly expresses sporting performance. Offering additional lateral support and outstanding comfort, the specific Renault Sport seats allow the driver to feel at one with the car. The colour of the Blood Orange safety belts matches the contrasting stitching of the upholstery.
As with all cars developed by Renault Sport Technologies, the Renault Sport logo can be found inside the cabin, on the rev-counter, door sills and front seats. Outside, the badge features on the rear hatch and engine air filter.
A hot hatch for everybody's taste
From launch, Twingo Renault Sport will be available with a wide range of options to cover the different tastes of every customer. Renault Sport graphics can be applied to the sides, rear bumper and can even be carried over to the ignition key housing. Several graphics are available, namely 'Grey Shadows', 'Chess' and 'Renault Sport Chequers'. Like the rest of the Twingo range, the newcomer places significant emphasis on communications technologies and is available with hands-free Bluetooth telephone controls, a portable Carminat navigation system and an audio connection box which permits personal MP3 or iPod® players to connected in total safety.
- Front and rear curtain airbags
- Automatic climate control
- Cup Pack (depending on market) Cup chassis + 17-inch Dark Anthracite alloy wheels + removable, folding rear bench seat
- Metallic paint
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- Panoramic opening sunroof
- 'Grey Shadows' graphics pack Three shades of grey, for either side of the car, plus rear bumper
- 'Renault Sport Chequers' graphics pack Renault Sport Chequers graphics available in: White, Anthracite Grey, Cool Grey and Black, on the two rear pillars
- 'Chess' graphics pack Renault Sport graphics inspired by Twingo Concept
- 'Power Pads' pedal covers in brushed aluminium, inspired by Twingo Concept
- Renault Sport-badged gearlever kit Chrome satin finish zamac gear lever knob, leather and alcantara bellows with Blood Orange stitching and matching base
- Renault Sport-badged handbrake Chrome satin finish zamac
- Set of four Renault Sport Chequers rubber floor mats With brushed aluminium Renault Sport plaque on the driver's side mat Two versions: white chequers on black, or black chequers on white o Set of four Renault Sport Chequers fabric floor mats With brushed aluminium Renault Sport plaque on the driver's side mat Two versions: white chequers on black, or black chequers on white
Connectivity and multimedia
- Hands-free Bluetooth® telephone controls
- Audio Connection Box
- Subwoofer Enhances the bass performance of the original audio system. Fits in the boot and can be removed swiftly to free up space when necessary.
- Carminat Nomade Portable Dayton PM 2050 navigation system (Siemens VDO) with 3.5-inch colour screen and European maps, with power support
- Carminat Nomade + Bluetooth Portable Dayton PM 2050 navigation system (Siemens VDO) with 4.3-inch colour screen and European maps, plus integrated power support
COMBINING SPORTS PERFORMANCE WITH EVERYDAY USE
Twingo Renault Sport is the response of Renault Sport Technologies' experts to the double challenge of delivering sports performance and equipment that is suitable for everyday use. The fully disconnectable ESP, which comes as standard, forms part of this brief. Twingo Renault Sport's balanced sports handling ensures that the new car is easy and fun to drive, in addition to combining performance with a high standard of safety. The two Renault Sport chassis (Sport and Cup) benefit from wider front and rear tracks, while the powerful, durable braking system is sourced from higher segment models. In day to day use, passengers will appreciate the roomy, modular cabin and generous boot space that are hallmarks of Twingo, the A-segment benchmark in these domains. Twingo Renault Sport is also available with independent sliding rear seats.
Pleasure and safety in day to day use
Twingo Renault Sport delivers genuine driving enjoyment in total safety. Its responsive, nicely balanced chassis benefits from the existing, excellent suspension and running gear already seen on New Twingo and Clio II Renault Sport. Its set-up offers precise sports handling and ESP is standard to enable the driver to stay in control in situations where grip is lost. This disconnectable function and the absence of emergency brake assist underpin Twingo Renault Sport's sporty credentials, while its electric power steering has been calibrated to ensure precise, instantaneous response to the driver's instructions via the steering wheel.
A composed, balanced platform
Like Clio and Megane Renault Sport, the newcomer offers two chassis options: 'Sport' and 'Cup'. In both cases, track has been widened by 60mm at the front and by 59mm at the rear compared with Twingo GT. These modifications improve stability and lateral grip. The front suspension is a pseudo-MacPherson type arrangement, with aluminium lower arms. The adoption of pushrods on the dampers improves the performance of the anti-roll bar for even better body control.
Twingo Renault Sport's rear suspension is based on an H-type programmed deflection rear beam. To improve ride and comfort, the dampers are mounted vertically and coupled with variable rate coil springs. The 24mm diameter rear anti-roll bar (compared with 22.5mm on Twingo GT) brings a stiffness gain of 25%. The anti-roll front/rear performance split has been calibrated to improve rear-end agility for extra enjoyment and also enhance the overall sports performance of the chassis.
Sport chassis: nimble and responsive
The Sport chassis has been engineered for the best and safest balance between driving enjoyment and performance. Compared with Twingo GT, it features a lower centre of gravity thanks to a 10mm lower ride-height. Stiffer springs (plus 30 per cent compared with Twingo GT) and uprated dampers (also plus 30 per cent) contribute to the car's sporty handling, while firmer bushing has enhanced directional precision front and rear. The Twingo Renault Sport 'Sport' chassis is also fitted with generously-proportioned tyres (195/45 R16).
The performance-focused Cup chassis
Twingo Renault Sport is also available with a Cup chassis for incisive handling and maximum driving enjoyment. In this configuration, Twingo Renault Sport offers handling to satisfy the demands of any enthusiast. This chassis offers optimum body control and its natural home is on the track, where flat cornering and improved corner speed demonstrate its effectiveness.
The Cup chassis rides another 4mm lower than the standard setting, and its lower centre of gravity improves in-corner performance thanks to reduced weight transfer. Tuned damper settings and higher spring rates (10 per cent stiffer front and rear) bring greater performance through better body control.
The Cup chassis-based Twingo Renault Sport stands out by its Dark Metal Grey 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels equipped with 195/40 R17 tyres engineered for efficiency.
Powerful, durable stopping power
Twingo Renault Sport benefits from Renault Sport's braking expertise to deliver powerful, durable stopping power combined with a reassuringly progressive brake pedal feel. Twingo Renault Sport is equipped with the same discs as Megane II (280mm diameter vented fronts, plus 240mm diameter rears), New Laguna-sourced front callipers (57mm), and Megane II rear callipers (34mm).
Segment leading cabin space and flexibility
In day to day use, passengers will appreciate the roomy, modular interior and spacious boot, all hallmarks of Twingo which stands out as the A-segment benchmark in these domains. Depending on market (and/or chassis type), two types of rear seats are available:
- a removable, folding rear bench seat,
- independent, sliding rear seats for customers who prefer a practical, modular interior.
As is the case for Twingo, this new hot hatch offers a smart system that comprises two independent, sliding rear seats featuring fore-aft travel of 220mm. The different options made possible by the modular interior enable boot volume to extend from 165dm3 VDA (with the rear seats in their rearmost position; a layout which favours rear passenger comfort), to 285dm3 VDA (rear seats in their foremost position to favour boot space), and even 959dm3 VDA with the independent seats folded and tipped forward.
Twingo Renault Sport consequently boasts the biggest boot volume for a vehicle of its size. The same seats offer rear legroom of up to 230mm, which is equivalent to that of models from the next segment up.
A PUNCHY, FLEXIBLE ENGINE
Twingo Renault Sport is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre 16V engine developed by Renault Sport Technologies. This powerplant pumps out 133hp (98kW) at 6,750rpm with 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The unit's punchy character is reinforced by a characteristic engine note which has been the focus of specific development. The four-into-one exhaust is a technological feat, striking a perfect balance between acoustics, performance and low emissions.
A sporty, normally-aspirated engine Twingo Renault Sport is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre 16V engine (K4M RS) which delivers 133hp (98kW) at 6,750rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. This freerevving engine offers flexible performance and instantaneous throttle response. At low revs and in the mid-range up to 4,500 rpm, Twingo Renault Sport offers lively yet manageable performance for everyday use. Beyond 4,500rpm, Twingo Renault Sport gives full vent to its sporting character with true punchy performance. The car accelerates from standstill to 100kph in 8.7 seconds, while top speed is 201kph with the rev-limiter at 7,000rpm. Fuel consumption is a low 7 litres/100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 165g/km.
The 133hp 1.6 litre 16V powerplant has been developed from the 1,598cc petrol engine. The improved power and torque are the result of modifications and improvements to the mechanical components:
The air filling rate has been improved thanks to a specific throttle valve unit and aluminium plenum chamber, plus revised diameters and lengths for the air-inlets.
To improve air intake and facilitate gas flow, research was carried out on the aerodynamics of the valve seats. The calibration of the camshafts was revised to a longer opening of the valves and higher lift (11mm compared to an average of 9mm).
The design of the combustion chamber and piston produces a high compression ratio of 11.0:1, leading to enhanced combustion and efficiency, as well as less emissions.
The continuously-variable inlet camshaft improves performance right across the rev range. The actuator varies the timing setting to optimise valve opening and closing. This system operates continuously through 44° of crankshaft rotation.
Sports performance and acoustic enjoyment
The experts at Renault Sport Technologies have worked hard to give Twingo Renault Sport an engine note in keeping with its sporting character. The engine noise is minimal at low revs, but builds mid-way through the rev range to become ‘fiery' when pushed to its limits.
The four-into-one exhaust manifold, made from thin-walled steel, forms the object of a patent by Renault Sport Technologies. The technological feat is to have combined four long steel tubes in such a restricted space. This architecture offers an excellent trade-off between acoustics, performance and emissions. Indeed, the engine has been designed to be able to comply with Euro5 legislation.
Twingo Renault Sport is fitted with an evolution version of the five-speed manual gearbox (JR5). The closely-spaced ratios are linked to a fast and precise shift mechanism to favour crisp acceleration in all gears.
THE TWINGO SAGA CONTINUES…
Twingo Renault Sport is the latest addition to the Twingo range and reinforces Renault's status as a major player in the European small car market. It is manufactured at the Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia.
Renault Sport Technologies expertise packed into a small car
Twingo Renault Sport is the latest model in the Renault Sport Technologies range, and will reach market late in the third quarter of 2008 in Western Europe. This latest example of Renault's hot hatch prowess rounds off the Renault Sport family which already includes Clio and Megane Renault Sport.
With nearly 13,000 registrations in 40 countries in 2007, the Renault Sport range registered an increase in volume of more than 50% compared with 2006.
The arrival of the new Twingo Renault Sport will help the Group expand its presence even further in the hot hatch market. The United Kingdom is the number one market for Renault Sport vehicles, and should account for a third of sales. France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland are expected to share half of Twingo Renault Sport registrations.
The Twingo success story
Twingo was progressively introduced in Europe from June 2007. Up to the end of June 2008, approximately 140,000 cars had been sold which is in keeping with the ambitious objectives it has been set. It stands out as the segment's clear leader in France with sales in excess of 60,000. Twingo also sells very well in Belgium, where it tops its segment, Germany and Holland (second in segment). Twingo enjoys a 10 per cent share of the small car market in Western Europe, which puts it in the top-three. For comparison purposes, the segment share of the first generation Twingo in Europe was 4.5 per cent as of the end of June 2007. Upper range versions account for more than half of total sales, and Twingo GT has also proved immensely popular, with a share of up to 25 per cent in markets like Switzerland where sports models are particularly appreciated. In addition to rounding off the Twingo range, Twingo Renault Sport reasserts Renault's role as a key player in the small car segment in Europe.
Optimized production lines
Twingo Renault Sport is produced at the Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia which is where all Twingos are manufactured. Novo Mesto enjoys both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. It applies the Renault Production Way (SPR) and the standard of quality it delivers is as high as that of any Renault Group production facility. The Renault Sport version is manufactured on the same line as Clio Campus and New Twingo. The three vehicles are based on the same platform, which allowed the facility to adjust quickly to the new model. Some 80 per cent of manufacturing operations are identical between Clio Campus and New Twingo, while 90 per cent are common between Twingo and Twingo Renault Sport.
TECHNICAL DATA AND DIMENSIONS
|Transmission||Five-speed manual gearbox|
|Cubic capacity (cc)||1,598|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||79.5 x 80.5|
|Number of cylinders / valves||4 (in-line) / 16|
|Compression ratio||11.0 : 1|
|Maximum power kW EEC (hp DIN, to
nearest whole figure) at (rpm)
|98 (133) at 6,750|
|Maximum torque Nm EEC (mkg DIN)
|160 at 4,400|
|Number of forward speeds||5|
|Speed at 1,000rpm: in 1st gear||7.91|
|in 2nd gear||13.12|
|in 3rd gear||18.5|
|in 4th gear||23.74|
|in 5th gear||29.79|
|Power steering||Electric variable rate|
|Turning circle between kerbs/walls (m)||10.39 / 10.76|
|Front||MacPherson type with aluminium
lower arm and anti-roll bar
beam with coil springs
|Front anti-roll bar diameter (mm)||21|
|Rear (mm)||24 (incorporated)|
|WHEELS – TYRES|
|Standard wheels||7" J16 or 7" J17|
|Standard tyres||Continental Sport 3
195x45 R16 (Sport chassis)
195x40 R17 (Cup chassis)
|ABS Bosch 8.1||Standard|
|Electronic brakeforce distribution||Standard|
|Servo (simple: S. double: D) / diameter||S / 9" (GT: S / 9'')|
|Front discs: vented Ø (mm)/width (mm)||280 / 57|
|Rear discs: solid Ø (mm) / width (mm)||240 / 34|
|Top speed (kph)||201|
|400m standing start (s)||16.30s|
|1,000m standing start (s)||29.90s|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION (litres/100km) – European directive 99/100|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||165|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY|
|Fuel tank capacity (litres)||40|
|Unladen kerb weight||1,049|
|Front unladen kerb weight||715|
|Rear unladen kerb weight||375|
|Gross vehicle weight (GVW)||1,470|
|Gross Train Weight (GTW)||1,820|