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2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport

2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport
2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport Specifications
Transmission5 Speed Manual
LayoutFront-Engine, FWD
Engine Type16 Valve Inline 4
Horsepower132 hp @ 6750 rpm
Torque118 lb-ft. @ 4400 rpm
Length3607 mm
Width1688 mm
Height1460 mm
Curb Weight1049 kg
Body Type2 Door, 4 Seat Hatchback
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)8.7 sec
Top Speed125 mph
Fuel Economy40.4 mpg Combined Cycle
CO2 Emissions165g/km
Base Price - 2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport - 15,601

2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport - France Does the Sport Compact Thing

The 2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport is the latest in the French automaker's series in competitive hot hatchbacks with real race potential. The sport compact craze is huge in Europe once again, and with the Twingo Renault Sport, Renault takes their smallest performance hatch and gives it the bumper-to-bumper performance treatment.

The appeal of tiny, light cars with big performance is lost on some drivers who prefer their sports cars long, low and lean, but the Twingo Renault Sport will appeal to European auto enthusiasts on a strict budget and give another competitor to the likes of the MINI Cooper and the Fiat 500 Abarth.

While not huge in the power bracket packing only 133 horsepower from a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder powerplant, the 2009 Twingo Renault Sport delivers with its sub-sub-compact frame and tiny footprint allowing it to be tossed into little gaps and corners larger cars would only dream of. The proof?

With every 2009 Twingo Renault Sport purchase, Renault will throw in a free track driving course for the very competitive price of only 1 Euro. This allows the driver to familiarize himself or herself with this tiny but capable sport compact in a supervised setting. Better still, the feedback from Renault's trained staff will allow every Twingo Renault Sport driver to have a leg up on the competition through true racing instruction.

Look for this special little car to hit dealerships soon with a base price of 15,601. All the details, direct from Renault, are reprinted below.


Thanks to its competitive pricing (15,601 in France) which includes 'Renault Sport Experience' driving tuition, Twingo Renault Sport opens up the Renault Sport thrill to a wider range of customers, while putting them in complete control.

The Twingo Renault Sport range is simple and attractive: sporty looks, a 133hp 1.6 litre 16V engine and a choice of two chassis (Sport or Cup). The car can be customized to every driver's taste: exterior and interior Renault Sport detailing is available, along with a multimedia connection point.

From the car's launch, Renault Sport Technologies will offer every customer a service that is unique in the hot hatch segment: Renault Sport Experience driving tuition. This driver training course reinforces Renault's credentials as a socially responsible company and is available in several European countries. It teaches new buyers how to handle their new hot hatch, so they can get maximum enjoyment from Renault Sport's cars in total safety.

In France, the start of sales will be on September 11th.

Twingo Renault Sport, an appealing, straightforward range

This compact hot hatch completes the Renault Sport range, alongside Clio and Mégane Renault Sport. It is attractively priced, at just 15,600 in France, which includes 'Renault Sport Experience' driving tuition (for a supplement of 1 in France), Twingo Renault Sport emits 165g of CO2/km. In the context of the French pollution bonus/penalty scheme, the car had a penalty of just 200.

This hot hatch sets the standard in terms of comfort and versatility. In France, the car is fitted with independent, sliding rear seats as standard (on the sports chassis with 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels).

To satisfy the most demanding driving enthusiasts, Twingo Renault Sport is also available with a Cup chassis. This chassis is available with 17-inch Dark Anthracite alloys wheels and, in France, a rear bench seat (which can be removed or folded), all of which generates a weight saving of 17kg.

Twingo Renault Sport also premieres a new Renault Sport body colour which recalls that of Twingo Concept: Altica Grey. Three other metallic paint finishes are available (Pearlescent Black, Extreme Blue, Platine Grey), plus one non-metallic finish (Vif Red).

A hot hatch for everybody's taste

From launch, Twingo Renault Sport will be available with a wide range of options to suit every customer's taste. Renault Sport graphics can be applied to the front quarter panels, the rear bumper and can even to the key housing. Inspired by the chequered flag design, these dynamic graphics evoke the world of motor sport. The newcomer also features latest-generation communications technology: hands-free Bluetooth telephone controls and an audio connection box which permits drivers to connect an MP3 player or iPod® in total safety.

Renault Sport Experience, socially responsible driver training...

With its sharp looks, punchy engine and capable chassis, there's no doubting Twingo Renault Sport's fun-to-drive, sporty character. Competitive pricing (15,601 in France) means that the car will be the entry point to the Renault Sport range for a new group of customers. Our predictions indicate that nearly half of potential buyers are under 30 years of age. To support these customers buying their first hot hatch, Renault Sport is offering every client in several European markets a service that is completely unique in this segment: the Renault Sport Experience.

Highly-trained instructors will train Twingo Renault Sport drivers in safe driving techniques (position of hands on the steeringwheel, driving lines, braking, management of the ABS and ESP, etc.).

The Renault Sport Experience is endorsed by Romain Grosjean. He proves that it's possible to be young and passionate about sports driving while remaining socially responsible, both on track and on the road.


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