Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Renault Extends Gordini Lineup with New Twingo 100HP TCe and 85 dCi Models

While many petrolheads may not agree with Renault's decision to use the Gordini nameplate for styled-up and better equipped models, the French company claims the idea has proven successful so far with buyers as Gordini versions account for around two-thirds of Twingo R.S. [133hp] sales and one-third of Clio R.S. sales in Europe.

Building on this success, the company has decided to extend the lineup with the introduction of the Twingo Gordini, which will replace the GT variant. It will be offered with a choice of two engines, a 1.2-liter TCe turbocharged gasoline unit delivering 100-hp, and a 1.4-liter dCi turbo diesel churning out 85-horsepower.

Exterior appointments include specific front and rear bumpers, 15-inch alloy wheels and special badges. There are three available colors to choose from: Malte Blue metallic, Pearlescent Black and Glacier White. The Malte Blue metallic models come with white stripes and details, while the other two colors are matched with Cold Metal Grey stripes and details.

Inside, the Gordini treatment adds special blue and black leather throughout the interior, sports seats, blue rev-counter housing with white background and bezel, aluminum pedals, black lacquer-finish centre console and dark-charcoal leather-trimmed dashboard cowl with visible stitching.

Renault said the Twingo Gordini will be marketed across most of Europe. Order books for the TCe 100hp version are already open in France, with prices starting from €14,800.