Renault Twingo Sport Gordini Special Edition

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This is a very cute car, but don’t let this deceive you. It is also a very serious smaller performance car, the Renault Sports badge isn’t wasted here at all. It is a very nippy car. I had fun driving it, and that’s exactly what this Gordini is all about!

The styling is fun and sexy as well. The interior is beautifully finished, taking the blue and white theme throughout the car. I really liked the feeling that you’re in a special car. I would have loved to have taken this car around the coastal bends from Camps Bay through to Hout Bay and then on to Noordhoek. It’s just one of those cars.

 

The price is quite steep for a smaller car but you aren’t buying just any smaller car, you’re buying something quite special, something limited, and I feel like it justifies itself. The small touches are there throughout the car. The gearbox feels right and it has good ratios for a quick smaller car, I enjoyed it especially through the lower gears. It is definitely geared for town and city driving. The seats are made for the racy type of car the Gordini is, and they look the part as well as offer a feeling of comfort and control. It has an iPod connection that works nicely and is easy to set up and use.

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It isn’t the legend its predecessors were, it’s different, but it does pay homage to the legend. I felt the back end of the car was a tad light though so at full steam through twisty corners the performance will be affected. I doubt you’ll reach that extent on normal driving though. I enjoyed driving the Gordini, though living in Johannesburg it would be harder to justify buying it. It suits Cape Town better, where the roads lend themselves to putting yourself behind the wheel of a smaller car.

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It has quite a rigid chassis and suspension which seems to be a general rule of thumb with the smaller sporty cars. I have found the same with the Fiat 500 and the Citroen DS3, but it’s mostly at slower speeds on bad roads. It’s annoying but it’s something that you have to deal with. It’s a characteristic which helps the car turn in as well as it does when driving it at higher speeds. It does handle nicely even though it has that light rear, it pulls itself through most things and feels basically settled the rest of the time.

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The Twingo Gordini is wonderfully fun to drive but it is an indulgence as a car, really. I think I would love to be living in Cape Town and drivinh it, and it would fit that lifestyle. It is very good at what it does. A lot of people won’t understand the heritage of the Gordini, that rich racing past that makes this Renault badge so special. For those petrol heads that do, this retro throwback to the original Gordini is special even though it doesn’t have the level of exciting performance of the past Gordini’s pays a wonderful homage to that badge!

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Specs worth noting:

Engine: 1598cc Four-Cylinder

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0-100km/h: 8.7 seconds

Price: R214,900.00

Sunroof: Not an option.

 

Our tame Supermodel, Robyn Hobson, was slightly seduced by the little Gordini.

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I can appreciate the gravitas of the racing heritage behind this little performance car, but it has to be said that the Renault Twingo Sport Gordini is a total cutie.

It’s evokes a sense of fun, is beautifully styled with a racing edge and has a unique, limited edition feel to it.

Personal highlights are the convenient iPod connection, the little Gordini tag on the gear lever and the dashes of blue throughout.

Surprisingly (I’m not a Renault girl) it’s actually gone and challenged Mini for first place on my ‘indulgence car’ wishlist.

 

Competitors:

Alfa Romeo MiTo 1,4 MultiAir Progression – R228,670.00

Diahatsu Copen 1,3 – R209,995.00

Fiat 500 1,4 Sport MTA – R199,310.00

Mini Cooper S – R290,723.00

Opel Corsa OPC 3-dr – R259,790.00

Suzuki Swift 1,6 Sport 3-dr – R199,900.00

Thank you to Zwartkops Raceway for allowing us to shoot in the pits on a raceday! www.zwartkops.co.za

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