Hot Renault Gordinis to return

* Twingo, Clio and Megane to get Gordini treatment * Cars on sale from 2010 * Gordini will sit alongside Renaultsport models...

Hot Renault Gordinis to return

Gordini models will return to Renault's line-up in 2010 with a range of hot hatch backs that will sit alongside existing Renaultsport cars.

First to arrive will be a Twingo Gordini, wearing the familiar blue paintwork with white stripes. Soon after a Clio Gordini will arrive, with a Gordini version of the new Megane coupe rounding off the range.

Renault says the Gordini models should provide even more performance than the Renaultsport models, similar to Cooper S models in the Mini range.

A Gordini racing series has also been mooted to support the arrival of the new range of cars.

Renault has also confirmed that its budget brand Dacia could still come to the UK, if there was a sudden upturn in demand for cheaper cars. With engineering work already undertaken on the Clio-based Dacia Sanderos, it could take as little as a few months to get cars into production for sale in the UK.