This is the Renault Twingo GT. It’s as fast as the current Twingo gets and, if Renault is to be believed, as fast as it will ever get.
It remains rear-wheel drive, its rear-mounted engine a tuned up version of the 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo you’ll find in regular Twingos. It now makes 108bhp and 125lb ft: modest figures, but enough to take a 1,001kg car like this from 0-62mph in under ten seconds.
The same engine powers the Smart Brabus, but the weeny Renault differs by offering a manual gearbox rather than a paddleshifter. Expected to make up five to ten per cent of Twingo sales, GT prices start at Ł13,755.
It’s a fun piece of design, too. Though you’d better like orange: the GT comes with your choice of orange paint (with black decals) or white, grey or black paint (with orange decals). A similar colour scheme continues inside.
Downsides to the Twingo’s design include a small boot (though the engine is angled in a way that you’ll still get a couple of bags in there) and fragility during motorway crosswinds. It’s a bit busier when cruising than we’d like, but how many make it out of the city we don’t know. Urban settings are certainly its home, even if the stiffer suspension makes the GT a bit untidier over speed bumps than its base car.
Full review here: http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/r...dr/first-drive