New Gordini model joins Twingo range

* Replaces the GT in Twingo line-up * Available with the 1.2 TCe petrol engine * In showrooms in January 2011...

New Gordini model joins Twingo range

Renault is to revise its Twingo range with the addition of a new Gordini version to replace the existing GT model.

The new model follows Gordini versions of the Renaultsport Clio and Twingo, and according to the company, it will appeal to buyers who want chic, sporty styling. It will also allow more buyers to afford a Gordini model, because the new car will be available with a less powerful, cheaper engine.

Outside, the car will stand out from mainstream Twingos, thanks to its unique look. This includes diamond-effect alloy wheels and a choice of three paint colours: metallic Blue which takes 90% of sales in the Twingo and Clio Renaultsport ranges as well as White and pearlescent Black. On top of that, it has two stripes on the roof and bonnet as well as matching exterior details in contrasting colours.

Inside, the car has part-leather upholstery, blue leather inserts in the doors and matching trim on the steering wheel and gearlever. The rev-counter is also blue, but with a white background, while the pedals are made of aluminium.

The exact specification for the car in the UK market is still to be confirmed, but in France it will have air-conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Among the options are several things not previously available on the Twingo GT, such as Renaultsport-style seats, blue/black upholstery and full leather upholstery.

What buyers will have no choice over, though, is the engine. The new Gordini comes only with the 1.2 TCe 100 petrol unit from the Twingo GT.

It will go on sale in January next year, and although the price has yet to be confirmed, it will sit somewhere between the outgoing GT and current Renaultsport models, suggesting a price of about 11,500.