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Spy shots suggest Renault is planning a hot Twingo

27th August 2014

Renault's Twingo looks set to be the next vehicle from the French carmaker to be given a high performance upgrade, as spy shots suggest a Renaultsport variation is on its way.

Auto Express snapped the model while it was undergoing testing in Spain, and a number of subtle modifications hinted at the car's true identity.

Notably, the front grille features a reshaped intake that could form part of an advanced system designed to keep a more potent engine cool. A lower ride height is also seen, typically added to aid stability at higher speeds, and a revised bumper features at the rear with an enlarged exhaust set-up.

When the Twingo RS finally enters production, a more streamlined shape is expected to be seen, as are performance brakes, uprated suspension and modified steering to aid road and track handling. Under the bonnet, a more powerful version of the turbocharged three-cylinder engine found in the current Clio is likely to be found. The existing unit gives 89bhp and 135Nm of torque, with these figures set to rise once the Renaultsport influence is applied.

The standard Twingo is on sale now, with first deliveries expected in September this year. An RS iteration can therefore be looked forward to during 2015. To test drive the Twingo and all other stylish Renault models, contact Lookers in Chester, Colchester or Stockport.