Shed the wing and this racer could be a slightly nutty foretaste of the Twingo
The Twin’Run is the second Twingo teaser and comes hot on the heels of the Twin’Z, as Renault shows the double-edged potential of the new Twingo.
‘‘ The Twin’Z took an environmental focus and this is the sporty one,’’ Renault Australia spokeswoman Emilie Ambrosy says.
‘‘ It actually runs. It was driven at Monaco by Carlos Tavares, who is the chief operating officer of Renault. The point of the car is to show what a future generation of the Twingo might look like but also to pay homage to some icons from the past.’’
Those cars are the pocketrocket Renault R5 Turbo that won the Monte Carlo Rally and the Clio V6 racer.
So the Twin’Run has a Nissan V6 in place of passenger and boot space, turning the rear wheels through a six-speed racing gearbox.
The car can zap to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds on to a top speed of 250km/h.
Because it’s a concept with the focus on racing, it has a full motorsport cabin and bodywork formed from carbon composites.
However, rip off the rear wing and driving lights to reveal the basic body shape and you get a good look at the Twingo thinking.
‘‘ Twin’Run is a cocktail of energy, passion and athleticism, rekindling the memory of emblematic Renault racing cars,’’ Renault head of design Laurens van den Acker says.
‘‘ Following its twin, Twin’Z, a stylish urban concept car, Twin’Run shows that personalisation is a core strategy at Renault.’’
But there is a more important consideration for Australia and for the potential for Twingo sales next year and beyond.
Ambrosy hints that the Twin’Run could come to Australia, perhaps as part of Renault’s involvement in next year’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
‘‘ Of course, we would love to get the Twin’Run to Australia,’’ she says. ‘‘ It’s a great looking thing and it sounds like fun.’’ This reporter isonTwitter