We published images from the official unveling last night, when Renault launched the first of their new Gordini range on Facebook. Now we have more photos plus details of the specification that will be offered for sale in March 2010.
The launch car is currently on display until January 10th 2010, at the L’Atelier Renault on Champs-Elysées in Paris, as part of the showroom’s ‘Christmas in Blue’ exhibition.
Before we get too excited, the first thing to realise is that this Gordini model is a restyling and rebranding effort – it’s the same underlying car as the regular Renaultsport 133 Twingo. No bad thing, since the RS 133 is already one of the most fun and accomplished small cars on the market, but nevertheless a little dissapointing to discover after all the pre-launch hype.
The Gordini Renaultsport features a gleaming Malta Blue metallic finish, plus two white racing stripes, in keeping with the tradition founded by Amédée Gordini. The front and rear bumpers are enhanced by gloss black centre sections, while the fog lamp surrounds, exterior door mirror housings and rear tailgate spoiler are all picked out in a contrasting white finish.
‘Gordini Series’ badging either side harks back to the 1960’s heyday of the Gordini Cup in France when the qualifying heats of the different race meetings were known as séries.
This exclusive exterior styling package is rounded off by 17-inch alloy wheels with a polished face and a choice of the inner rim finished in either blue or black.
Inside the Gordini spirit continues, the Renaultsport seats are present but this time with extra lateral support, blue and black Gordini-embossed leather upholstery, blue leather door panel inserts, blue and black leather-covered steering wheel with two white stripes to indicate the centre point, blue gearlever gaiter and Gordini-badged gearlever knob, blue rev-counter with white surround and a leather-trimmed dashboard cowl.
So you’d better like the colour blue then.
This Gordini version is quite heavily specced as standard with two choices of exterior paint colour – Malta Blue or Pearlescent Black metallic paint, automatic climate control, tinted rear windows, automatic headlamp activation and cruise control. This is not a ‘Cup’ version then, which continues within the Renaultsport range, however as with the standard RS 133 it’s possible to choose the ‘Cup’ chassis (lower ride height, stiffer springs and dampers) although this might be at odds with the quilted leather upholstery of the Gordini package.
Prices have yet to be announced – Renault will reveal these nearer to its UK launch in March – however we would expect the Twingo Gordini Renaultsport to be slightly more expensive than the standard RS 133 at around £13,000.