• Mar 4, 2010

Renault Clio Gordini R.S. – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's amazing what a little paint and a few stickers can do for a small car. To illustrate that point, take a gander at the special Gordini edition Renault Clio and Twingo in the gallery below. Granted, the improvements reach much deeper than just those stickers, but the matte blue paint, white accents and white decals give these little runabouts a purposeful look and signal to the world that they are the top-of-the-performance-heap Gordini editions.

For those who need a refresher, Gordini is the name of a legendary Renault racing engineer. Amédée Gordini brought Renault some rally racing glory in the mid-'60s with the iconic R8 Gordini. Renault recently revived the name, reestablishing it as the top rung trim level on its already racy Renault Sport (R.S.) editions. Mechanically similar to their R.S. counterparts, they are mainly distinguished by retro styling touches (like the classic French racing blue paint scheme with white stripes) and an extra dose of exclusivity. Plus, they just look badass.

The first product in the new range, the Twingo Gordini R.S. had already debuted last November, but here at the Geneva Motor Show, the company unveiled their Gordini edition Clio as well. We have galleries of both cars for you below, the Mini-sized Twingo and the slightly larger Clio. Both cars have the performance upgrades found on R.S. models, with larger wheels, Brembo brakes, Conti SportContact3 tires, diffusers, heat extractors and that great livery. Check out the little "G" confetti in the stripes – classic.




Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Of those two, the Twingo looks the most like a proper modern interpretation of a Gordini... being the smaller and lighter of the two doesn't hurt, either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Granted, the improvements reach much deeper than just those stickers, but the matte blue paint, white accents and white decals give these little runabouts a purposeful look and signal to the world that they are the top-of-the-performance-heap Gordini editions."

      Paint doesn't look matte to me...

      They do look awesome. Frankly, I'd love to see more "true" hot hatches (the GTI and MazdaSpeed3 are much larger than their ancestors) on our shores, but I doubt it makes a good business proposition for the manufacturers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whats the Hp it never mentions that is all that show or does it add any go? It looks great but if it can't match the 500's pace then I'm not to worried if it doesn't come to N/A but I would always love to see more small car's after all the more competitors the more they have to strive to be number in the end that means better product for all concerned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is, unfortunately all show and no go. Renault is hoping to pull an Abarth with the Gordinis.

        However while not as fast, the Twingo RS is one of the best micro hot hatches, probably better than 500 in terms of driving dynamics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would not mind seeing some of these coming across to North America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh how i wish Renault would come back to the U.S.A. I would be first in line to get one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'd be ok if htey just brought this over as a Sentra replacement as well