Renault’s tiny Twingo hatch has just been renewed
, and just like previous generations of the car it looks like the latest one is set to spawn a racy Renault Sport (RS) version. The prototype you see here may look like an ordinary Twingo but if you look a little closer you’ll notice it has a new opening in its front bumper and a pair of exhaust tips at the rear. The regular Twingo doesn’t have the opening and only has a single exhaust tip.
This is still an early prototype so look forward to seeing additional modifications on subsequent prototypes. Renault’s Twin’Run concept car
from 2013 hints at what’s to come.
It’s not clear what powerplant Renault has planned for its new Twingo RS, but a turbocharged four-cylinder is likely. The previous Twingo RS
had a 1.6-liter engine good for 133 horsepower. We suspect the new model will have significantly more power so that it can keep up with rivals, such as the 160-hp Fiat 500 Abarth and 180-hp Ford Fiesta ST.
The chassis of the new Twingo can certainly handle some extra juice. That’s because the engine is mounted at the rear and spins the rear wheels. The chassis is shared with the new Smart ForFour
which is likely to feature its own high-performance variant tuned by Brabus.
Look for a debut of the Renault Twingo RS at a major European auto show in 2015. Sadly, with the French automaker’s products not available on these shores, the new Twingo RS will have to remain forbidden fruit.