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Renault Revives Gordini, Electrifies Kangoo

Something old and blue, something new from the French.

by on Nov.12, 2009

It's been a long time.

It's been a long, long time. Too long?

New Gordini versions of the compact Twingo and Clio models will join the Renault Sport range next spring.

It is the first time the name has been used in decades, and the cars are just editions of existing RS models with Gordini paint and stripes.

Twingo Gordini RS will be unveiled on 25 November at L’Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées in Paris as part of the “Christmas in Blue” exhibition. It will be launched next spring.

Clio Gordini RS will follow during the summer.

The blue is a reference to Gordini garb from the past that used French blue, white stripes and four round headlights as cues, which all contributed to the identity of a series of rally cars over a 20-year period.

Romy Schneider wore less.

Schneider wore less.

Aside from making Gordinis an important part of Renault’s sporting heritage, the cars slipped over into popular culture as well.

The revived version won’t have the four headlights, alas, but then again I still miss the yellow French headlights that were a product of WW2 blackouts as well.

Renault claims that the “fashionable and sporty Gordini label still possesses its exclusive and sporting values.”