Paris Motor Show: Renault Twingo Concept
Powered by a 1.2-liter turbo four producing 100 hp, the not-quite-eleven-foot-long Twingo should be zippy. Cool features like frameless door windows and a panoramic glass roof are classy and chic. Four bucket seats surround a center console that houses docks for electronic gadgets and an auxiliary USB port. The instrument pod is center-mounted too. The concept also packs a TV and internet-enabled car PC.
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Twingo Concept – a communicating car with a racy, sports pedigree
Renault has chosen the 2006 Paris Motor Show to unveil Twingo Concept. Firmly grounded in a
youth culture of sport, music and fashion, Twingo Concept is powered by the new turbocharged
1.2 16V TCE 100 engine. Twingo Concept boasts a host of multimedia features and a high level of
At only 3.6 meters long, Twingo Concept appeals to customers who have a taste for both attractive, sporty
city cars and new communication technologies.
Its compact, squat volumes and incisive, assertive styling give it plenty of character, while its sports
pedigree is apparent in the design of its lively, expressive front end. The well proportioned bumper and
motor sport-inspired grille hint at the presence of a well-tuned engine committed to performance. The
shape of the indicators in the headlamp modules echoes the chequered flag-based graphics of the
bodywork and which flow along the car's pearl-blue sides to subtly suggest speed. The foglamps are
flanked by air intakes included to cool the powerful disc brakes.
Riding on 17-inch, dark chrome wheels picked out in Renault yellow, Twingo Concept communicates a
punchy, dynamic feel. The profiled sills and wing extensions emphasize its sporty lines and athletic curves.
At the rear, the chromed twin exhaust tailpipe and air extractor take their inspiration from Clio Renault
Sport, and the new Renault badge nestles on the wide hatch, the lower part of which is flanked by "hightech"
Underneath the short but stylish bonnet is the new small TCE 100 petrol powerplant chosen to power
Twingo Concept. This 1.2-litre turbocharged engine delivers maximum power of 73kW (100hp) and
maximum torque of 145Nm, while its exceptional efficiency combines response, power and environmentalfriendliness.
Twingo Concept's low fuel consumption is equivalent to CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km
– a remarkably low figure for such a powerful performer.
Twingo Concept's sophisticated, young and high-tech cabin marks a stark contrast with its sporty exterior
and takes occupants into a world of mobile sound.
Its wide panoramic glass sunroof and two pillarless doors ensure a bright interior that brings out the
qualities of its uncluttered, high-tech dashboard. The cabin's simple and ergonomically effective Touch
Design approach is a statement in intuitive understanding.
Twingo Concept has found inspiration in youth culture and in its love of music and freedom. The centre
console features a USB port as well as sockets for devices like Apple's iPod and the Nokia Smartphone. A
mixing deck built into the dashboard is ideal for partying with friends.
The musical focus is also reflected in the highly visual graphics of the dashboard, the upper part of which
features a pattern based on the graphic equalizer bars with which music-lovers are naturally familiar. It is
evocative of the bass rhythms that will pound from the door-mounted speakers and contrasts with the matt
finish of the lower part of the dashboard.
The central part of the dashboard has an analog speedometer which sits above a 15-inch retractable,
folding monitor which, for safety reasons, can only be deployed when the car is at a standstill. Behind this
screen are all the functions of a computer that permit passengers to log on to the Internet, while a web
cam is incorporated into the screen to remain in visual contact with the outside world.
In an assertion of personality and originality, Twingo Concept's interior comes with its own "light show".
When the car is at a standstill and the multimedia mode is activated, the cabin is bathed in a blue, hightech
glow. When the driver presses the start button and the engine kicks in, the dominant hue automatically shifts
to Renault yellow to energize the cabin with a sportier feel.
Twingo Concept accommodates its four occupants in independent bucket seats with built-in headrests that
provide first class comfort and support. The night-blue fabric of the upholstery contrasts with the
sophisticated white of the seats' structure which echoes the cabin's colour scheme by emitting shafts of
yellow light. All seats have individual jack plugs so that each occupant can listen to his or her favourite
The small steering wheel with flattened lower section falls naturally to hand. It is a concentrate of
technology and bristles with an array of controls for mobile systems, as well as a microphone for econferencing
over a Bluetooth connection.
The large, ergonomically designed rev-counter is located on the steering column in the driver's line of
sight. Its unique graphic design ensures optimal clarity.
Passengers can stow and chill cans of energy drinks in a purpose-designed compartment in the boot.
Twingo Concept is a trendy car conceived for enjoying and sharing music. When the rear hatch is open, its
built-in speakers face outwards so that when the DJ gets mixing on the deck the partying can continue well
into the night.
Twingo Concept – Technical Characteristics
Overall length 3,600mm
Width (excluding exterior mirrors) 1,727mm
Petrol, four-cylinder 16-valve turbocharged engine
Maximum power: 73kW/100hp.
Six-speed manual gearbox
Centre console incorporating USB, Apple iPod and Nokia Smartphone sockets
Bluetooth internet access, webcam and microphone
Special thanks to Apple, Nokia, Michelin and Montupet.
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