Renault has a new rear-engined corner-eater that seems custom built for breakfast runs in the Midlands, but will it come to SA?
Around corners, the rear-engined GT’s stands back for no one
WITH its rear-engined, reardrive layout, Renault’s new Twingo GT will be right at home when it is put on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK next weekend.
The placing of the 899 cc, three-cylinder engine gives the new Twingo GT the push of a rear-wheel drive around corners without losing any of its ability to pull over the bumps in the straights.
The TCe turbo engine has been tuned to deliver 82 kW and 170 Nm from low revolutions, thanks to a revised air intake system and modified engine mapping, while different gearing further contributes to the new car’s sprightly, free-revving performance. In order to take advantage of this performance boost in total safety, Twingo GT’s chassis features revised suspension, specific ESP calibration and variable-rate steering.
The result, states Renault, is sharp handling and responsive steering feedback for precise cornering and outstanding road holding. These features combine to give drivers of the Twingo GT with affordable pleasure behind the wheel. The look was inspired by the Twin’Run concept car and is easily recognisable thanks to its 17-inch wheels, lateral air intakes, twin exhaust tail pipe and new Piment Orange body colour.
New Clio fo’ sho
While local dealers have no news on the GT coming to SA, the fourth iteration of the Clio is sure to make its way here. The new Clio benefits from the use of finishing materials to date found only in Renault’s higherend models. The seats are clad new materials and the dash and panels are covered in plastics that are a pleasure to touch and view, with less chrome trimming andmore matt finishings.
A very frugal 1.5 dCi 110 diesel linked to a six-speed manual gearbox takes the Clio’ choice of powertrains to eleven.
Meanwhile, Renault in Pietermritzburg is offering sweet deals on the Duster, to my mind still the most SUV for the money in SA, which help to soften the blow should the little GT never come to our roads.
With its rearengined, reardrive layout, Renault’s new Twingo GT is a handful of fun.