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Car Of The Day: April 16, 2008; Norev '07 Renault Twingo GT II
Topic Started: Apr 15 2008, 04:41 PM (865 Views)
james_autos
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Today's car of the day is the '07 Renault Twingo GT II
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A concept was presented at the 2006 Mondial de l'Automobile. The production version was presented at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show after a last minute redesign was ordered, partly due to the successful launch of the TPCA Peugeot 107/CitroŽn C1/Toyota Aygo, which became the new benchmark for city cars.
Production was transferred from France to the Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia (Revoz).
It went on sale in France, Italy and Slovenia on 15 June 2007, and in the rest of Europe, including the UK, in September 2007. The motoring press in the UK have criticised the new Twingo for being rather unadventurous in style and appearance compared to the original.
The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre unit in three versions, an 8-valve 60 hp (45 kW) naturally-aspirated, a 16-valve 75 hp (56 kW) naturally-aspirated and a 16-valve 100 hp (70 kW) turbocharged version. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre 65 hp (48 kW) dCi unit.
Trim levels for the French market will start with the un-named base model followed by Authentique, Expression, Initiale, Dynamique and GT.
On 31 January 2008 Renault announced the Twingo Renaultsport, with a new 133 hp (100 kW) 1,598cc engine and Renaultsport styling. Its first public outing will be at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and the first cars are expected to ship in late 2008.
The second generation Twingo is also available in right hand drive for the first time. Engines available in the UK are the 75 hp (56 kW) and 100 hp (70 kW) petrol units, in Dynamique and GT trim levels. A 60 hp (45 kW) engine was released in January 2008, in a cheaper Extreme trim level with the Renaultsport 133 hp (100 kW) due in late 2008.

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For more information on the real car go to Renault Twingo
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I was glad to hear that the Twingo II was going to be sold here in the U.K as the first generation never was (only continental Europe). Many holidays I had spent abroad admiring the first Twingo. It looked odd, but in a good way. The second generation looks a lot nicer, but does not have the 'charm' one might say the first one had. This model by Norev was produced for Renault dealers. In fact, they produce nearly every car in 1:64 (or 3 inch as they call it) currently made by the big French 3 - Citroen, Peugeot and Renault, and have done for about the past 3 years. Accurate colours, details, badges, wheels etc is what really makes Norev models stand out from the crowd.
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Swifty
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The Mustang II is a Mustang too!
Cool little model of a car I'll never see in person!
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craftymore
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Support your local demo derby.

A sweet car for the masses done well in small scale. The opening hatch is a nice touch.
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ivantt
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New casting? Quick! Take it apart!
I agree with Swifty, we'll probably never see this car, at least while we are living in the US. I can understand where the British press is coming from on their style criticism. It doesn't cost anymore money to make a low cost mass market car look stylish than a more upscale one. I don't understand why auto makers "dumb down" designs just because it is a cheaper car than other models. This is not a bad looking car, it just falls into that category of looking like many other plain (but functional) designs.
These Norev castings are excellent, and thanks for showing these to us, JA!! :)
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Dean-o-mite
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This is a unique little model that still looks good ten years later. The Renault Twingo can sometimes be seen here in the U.S., as a vehicle visiting from Mexico.
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Ripa
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I have never seen this Norev version before. I have the previous and next generations but not this one. Need to hunt it down to compliment the Twingo II collection with Majorette and Dickie models
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I'm thinking I would like the Renaultsport in rallye trim....
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pjedsel
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:thumbup: Another nice one from Norev.
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Pegers
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a nice casting...
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Swifty
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The Mustang II is a Mustang too!
...Or Canada.

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An Avantime was supposed to be at the same show but had mechanical issues. Hopefully it turns up this year!
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