With more than 10,000 cars sold since its launch in September 2008, Twingo R.S. has emerged as one of the most popular Renaultsport models – further boosted by the Twingo Gordini R.S. in early 2010.

Now with the launch of the restyled Renault Twingo at the start of this year, it’s time for Renaultsport to receive the new styling cues.

New Twingo R.S. will go on sale from mid-March 2012 and feature a new dynamic grille design with four lights and a front bumper incorporating an F1-style blade. This detail, which now runs across the entire Renault Sport range, recalls Renault’s recent success in Formula 1, which ended in 2011 as Renault F1 were rebranded to Lotus.

The rear end of the car features a tailgate-mounted lip spoiler, a special bumper incorporating a diffuser and aerodynamic extensions on the rear wheel arches. Also available is a Design Pack which includes Grey/Dark Gunmetal Grey door mirror housings, F1 blade and R.S. lip spoiler, plus chrome details for the fog light surrounds.

It will also be possible to specify new 16-inch ‘Emotion’ alloy wheels complete with ‘R.S.’-badged centre caps which proudly proclaim the car’s sporting pedigree. The hallmark Sirius Yellow paint finish will be available as an option from the end of May.

Trademark Renault Sport yellow stitching will feature inside New Twingo R.S. (on the steering wheel, seats and dashboard cowl), while the dashboard, radio console, rev-counter housing and lateral air vents all come with Gloss Black inserts. The top of the steering wheel, seat backs and cushions, rev-counter surround and manual climate control controls are picked out in white.

New Twingo Gordini R.S. is instantly recognisable, as before, by its twin white body stripes on either Malte Blue, Glacier White, Pearlescent Black or Vif Red paint. 17-inch diamond-effect black wheels, leather trim and automatic climate control further distinguish the Gordini from the regular Twingo R.S. and in addition to the blue interior trim, a new ‘grey interior’ can now be specified, irrespective of body colour.

The oily bits

As before Twingo R.S. is powered by a feisty, normally-aspirated 1.6-litre 16V engine producing 131 bhp at 6,750rpm, and 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. But Renault has managed to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.2 percent to 150g/km and fuel consumption by 3.0 percent to 43.0 mpg.

Body control is maintained with the standard Sport chassis, whilst the Cup chassis (ride height lowered by 4mm) is available as an option.

For a bit of extra fun, Renault are now offering its R.S. Monitor, first introduced on the Nurburgring record breaking Megane Trophy, that provides a series of on-board telemetry readings particularly useful for the occasional track day.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed for UK buyers, but in France Twingo R.S. will start from €16,900, whilst the higher-specced Gordini R.S. version is priced from €18,100.