Renault Twingo Gets Sporty

Renault’s new Twingo city car range has been further bolstered by the addition of a new top-of-the-range model, the Dynamique S TCe 90. It features the previously optional ‘Sport Pack’ of exterior styling and interior trim embellishments as standard, and is powered by the 90hp 0.9-litre Tce turbocharged petrol engine fitted to the former top model, the Dynamique TCe 90 and the new pack suits it down to the ground.

Standard features unique to the Dynamique S include an aluminium pedal set, red/black part leather upholstery and a red interior touch pack. The exterior lines are set off by 16-inch sport diamond-cut alloy wheels, matt black side decals and an exterior touch pack in red, with white as a no-cost option. The red interior touch pack adds stylish finishing touches to the steering wheel, centre console and air vents, while the exterior touch pack does the same for the front grille insert, door mirrors and side door protectors.The Dynamique S also comes with LED daytime running lights, front foglamps, electric heated door mirrors, cruise control, a lane departure warning system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob, air conditioning and white instrument backlighting. As with every new Twingo, it has electric power steering, electric front windows, a trip computer and gearchange indicator, a lane-change function for the indicators and automatic activation of the rear screen wiper when reverse gear is selected.

Practicality is ensured by the unique-in-segment folding front passenger seat and a split-folding two-seat rear bench. The safety equipment includes Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Assist and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.The 0.9-litre TCe turbocharged engine endows the Dynamique S with the performance to match its sporty looks. It develops 90hp at 5,500 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm – sufficient for 0-62 mph acceleration in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 103 mph. Yet with engine Stop & Start as standard it is also extremely efficient, recording an official 65.7 mpg – and more than 50 mpg in urban city use – with CO² emissions of just 99g/km to put it in VED Band A for free Road Fund Licence.

Fuel economy can be improved by up to 10 per cent by making full use of the gearshift indicator, the Renault Driving eco² feature incorporated within the R & GO®or R-Link connectivity systems and the in-built ECO switch, which alters the throttle mapping and air conditioning power.Variable Gear Ratio steering is also standard, giving a firmer feel to the leather-rimmed wheel in the straight-ahead position while ensuring a higher steering ratio as the car starts to turn. The result is effortless manoeuvrability in congested cities with great precision when changing direction on open roads. The Twingo Dynamique S is available in Crystal White, Diamond Black or Flame Red paint colours and is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in April 2015.

It costs £12,545 on the road and comes with the peace of mind of Renault’s 4+ warranty and assistance package. This protects against defects recognised by Renault for four years or 100,000 miles (first two years unlimited). In the event of a breakdown, Renault provides emergency roadside repairs or towing to the nearest dealer 24/7 every day of the year, plus three years’ European cover. There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ cover against corrosion. All-inclusive servicing packages are also available for up to four years. With its old-school rear engine and rear-wheel drive this car is hard to resist.
Geoff Maxted