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Renault Debuts Twingo Gordini R.S.

French for pocket rocket is, well, “pocket rocket.” Whatever will L'Académie française pense?

by on Nov.25, 2009

The Gordini has the cues, but will it have the cache'?

The Gordini has some of the requisite styling cues, but will it have the cache'?

Reviving a long neglected name of decades ago, Renault becomes the latest automaker to attempt to cash in on a retro trend with the return of a Gordini model today.

Twingo Gordini R.S. premiered at the L’Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées as part of the showroom’s Christmas in Blue exhibition.

This latest addition to the Twingo city car lineup goes on sale in Europe next March, with prices announced in February.

The diminutive A-car uses the same performance and equipment package as the Renault Sport version of the Twingo. This includes a “Sport” chassis with 17-inch wheels; 1.6-liter, 133 horsepower gasoline engine with specially tuned exhaust; front seats with extra lateral support, and blue and black quilted Gordini-badged leather upholstery.

It's been a long, long time.

It's been a long, long time.

Twingo Gordini R.S. has a Malte Blue lacquered metallic finish, and two white racing stripes, as the original Gordini racing cars had. The front and rear bumpers have gloss black details, while the foglamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings and lip spoiler are all in a contrasting white finish.

Gordini Series badging either side refers back to the heyday of the Gordini Cup when the qualifying heats of the different races were known as séries.

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The garb is an update from the from the past when Gordini models 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.

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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.”

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