The special edition 2012 Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7 is offered in a Pearlescent Black body color that contrasts with select parts finished in Sirius Yellow such as the Formula 1-style front blade, the mirror caps and the roof spoiler, while it rides on 17-inch ‘Gana’ alloy wheels.
Another bespoke feature is the RenaultSport chequered-pattern roof and door decals in the colors of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team.
The same two-tone color theme continues inside with the yellow stitching for the steering wheel, seats and dash cowling, and gloss black inserts for the dashboard, audio console, rev-counter housing and side air vents.
The RB7 model comes fitted as standard with Renault’s First audio system and R.S. Monitor inspired from the telemetry systems in race cars, as well as the Cup chassis that improves handling through the use of a lowered and tauter sports suspension.
Power comes from the standard 1.6-liter naturally–aspirated four cylinder engine, which produces 131bhp (133PS) at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 160Nm at 4,400 rpm.
The limited production version of the Twingo RS will be available in more than 10 markets including, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium/Luxemburg, Japan, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Switzerland.
First deliveries are expected in September.
Renault’s hot hatch is priced at £13,565 on-the-road with the some of the available options including 17-inch Anthracite or Gloss Black alloy wheels for £500, Cup chassis for £700, RS Liquid Yellow i.d. paint for £1,300 (from end May 2012) and the Anthracite Style package for the front blade, door mirrors covers and rear spoiler, priced at £150.
The 2012 model is identified by the redesigned front and rear ends, and some minor tweaks inside.
The RS model sports numerous model-specific additions such as a black rear spoiler, a rear bumper incorporating a diffuser and extensions on the rear wheel arches.
Inside, the sportiest model in the Twingo range gets yellow stitching on the steering wheel and sport seats, together with white detailing for the top of the steering wheel, seat backs and cushions, rev-counter surround and air conditioning controls.
Along with the new body-colour F1-style blade, standard features on the revised Twingo RS 133 include 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control, electric Gloss Black door mirrors, ESC (with on/off switch), speed limiter, and tinted windows.
The 2012 model continues to use a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated powerplant delivering 133hp at 6,750rpm and 160Nm (118 lb-ft) at 4,400rpm for a top speed of 125 mph (201km/h) and a 0-62 mph (100km/h) sprint in 8.7 seconds.
However, Renault claims that CO2 emissions have been reduced by 3.2 percent to 150g/km and fuel consumption by three percent to 43.5 mpg UK (6.5lt/100km) on the combined cycle.
Both the Twingo RS 133 and Clio RS 200 ‘Silverstone GP’ sit on a lowered Cup Chassis and feature a silver metallic paint and contrasting ‘Deep Black’ details, including 17-inch alloy wheels (‘Speedline’ on the Clio), roof and door mirrors.
The two limited edition hot hatches also feature extra-tinted rear windows and Silverstone GP B-pillar badges inscribed with the new grand prix circuit map, while the Twingo benefits from a matching ‘Deep Black’ rear spoiler, fog light surrounds and a new full stainless steel exhaust system as well.
Inside, both models gain a unique numbered interior plaque (1-50), Renaultsport Monitor onboard performance tracking system and grey and black Renaultsport carpet mats, while the Clio also features Renaultsport Recaro front seats, Bluetooth and multi-functional TunePoint for portable music players.
On-the-road pricing has been set at £14,995 for the Twingo RS 133 version and £19,995 for the Clio RS 200 model.