• Oct 26, 2009
Renault Twingo Trophy - Click above for high-res image gallery

Years ago, on a post-collegiate backpacking trip through Europe, we became strangely obsessed with the Renault Twingo. Going so far as to compose red vin induced Weird Al style poems, "Twingo, Twingo little car, how I wonder why you are." Today, we're having a slightly different reaction to this diminutive Renault.

Mostly because out back you'll find a 3.5-liter Range Rover sourced V8 kicking out 180 horses. That's right folks -- it's a Twingo with a mid-mounted V8. They call it the Twingo Trophy. Obviously, if you drop a V8 into the back of a runt like the Twingo -- even a small V8 -- you've got to perform some fairly serious mods. And French motorcycle builder Lazareth did just that, creating a modern day Renault R5. Albeit one with inboard shocks.

If you look at the pictures, you'll notice both the front and rear tracks got widened, comically so out back. The reason for the latter is a special rear tubular subframe Lazareth had to shoe horn in to deal with all the extra weight and power now suddenly present behind the front seats. They also put some goofy-sized 320 Yokohama slicks on the 18-inch rear wheels. Making the Twingo Trophy all the more ridiculous. But in a good way. We think. How much? About $100,000 give or take. A small price to pay for such a... distinctive Twingo.

*Update: There's a good chance the V8 makes much more than 180 ponies, especially judging by those wrapped headers. Also, we've added a pair of videos after the jump.



[Source: Carscoop]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      180hp from 3.5L (and a V8)? Are they retarded?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I usually don't care for wheel arches on anything other than a Renault 5 turbo, but something about that is cool...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What was wrong with the Renault Clio Sport? The V6 made more than 180 hp and it looked a heck of a lot better too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that trouble for a 180hp V8. Disappointing IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sincerely hope those horsepower figures are a typo, considering that they built a 500HP *quad* this past August...
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's cool and all but when are they going to paint it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      strange fender flares, could have done a better job with the body.
      next they have to turbo the motor - or replace it with something more potent
      why a British motor in a French car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The HP numbers are pretty weak, but the Wikipedia tells me that the 3.5L mill puts out almost 300 lb/ft of torque, so it's stout, and it's probably indestructible, too.

      The SHOGun was cooler, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the reason for only 180hp is that this engine is from the 60s.

      first used in 1965 to make 160hp

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_V8_engine#3.5.C2.A0L
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the hottest thing I have seen in a long long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      The horsepower figures will go up. I'm pretty certain of that. The car, according to the video, isn't complete. And it's built on the old generation Twingo platform, which will probably guarantee lightness since it usually scored terribly on safety tests here in Europe and so lacked a lot of the usual safety equipment. But the main concern of people seems to be horsepower, and I'm almost certain that figure will rise as the car is developed. This seems to be more of a case of the developers releasing information about the car before it was finished than anything else
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