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Renault has revealed a new higher-power version of its Twingo city car, ahead of its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Twingo GT offers 110hp and 125lbft of torque, which compares to 90hp and 100lbft of the previous most powerful model. This is achieved chiefly through modifying the air intake and the engine mapping of the rear-mounted 898cc engine, along with the ratios of the gearbox.

Revised suspension, bespoke calibration of the Electronic Stability Program, variable rate steering and a lower ride height help make the most of the extra pace. Exactly what this pace is has not yet been revealed, however.

Visually the Twingo GT stands out courtesy of a look inherited from the Twin Run concept car unveiled at the Monaco GP in 2013. The changes include 17-inch wheels, lateral air intakes, a twin exhaust tailpipe and a distinctive orange body colour. – though the car will also be offered in Lunar Grey, Diamond Black and Crystal White.

Inside there is orange detailing, Renault Sport-badged doorsills, aluminium pedals and an alloy gear lever knob.

The Twingo will debut at the Goodwood Festival’s Moving Motorshow event on 23rd June. UK sales are expected to start in the winter of 2016 at prices yet to be announced.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.