With the British Grand Prix coming up this weekend, Renault has launched a pair of special edition hot hatches to join its new Megane Trophy.
Based on the existing Twingo Renaultsport 133 and Clio Renaultsport 200, the Silverstone GP editions upgrade on their already considerable levels of specification with such special touches as silver paint with contrasting black wheels, roof and mirror housings, tinted rear windows, Silverstone badges, Renaultsport Monitor performance tracking systems and the competition-focused Cup suspension as standard.
The Twingo also gets a black spoiler and fog light surrounds and a stainless exhaust, while the Clio gets Recaro buckets and Bluetooth connectivity. Each model will be limited to 50 individually numbered examples, exclusive to the UK, and come with special driving instruction around the grand prix circuit for which they're named. Check 'em out in our high-res image gallery and the press release after the jump.
NEW 'SILVERSTONE GP' LIMITED EDITIONS OF TWINGO AND CLIO RENAULTSPORT TAKE TO THE TRACK (AND ROAD)
Twingo Renaultsport 133 and Clio Renaultsport 200 'Silverstone GP' limited editions now available to order, priced £14,995 and £19,995
Following the recent launch of the flagship 265hp Trophy version of Mégane Renaultsport, its two smaller, but no less thrilling, performance siblings, Twingo and Clio Renaultsport, now welcome their own top-of-the-range versions, the 'Silverstone GP' limited editions, on sale from 1st July 2011.
Renault UK has an existing relationship with Silverstone, the country's most famous motor racing circuit and home of the British Grand Prix, through a fleet of Renaultsport trackday experience cars and the venue for several of the performance division's trackdays, so it was only natural that the French marque took it as its latest inspiration.
Both new models have been specifically created for the UK market, still the largest home of Renault's hot hatches worldwide, with only 50 of each available. The effusive Twingo Renaultsport 133, costs £14,995, while the top-of-the-range Clio Renaultsport 200 comes in at £19,995. With a wealth of extra equipment over the standard Renaultsport versions on which they're based, both limited editions offer exceptional value-for-money, combined with added exclusivity.
Both cars share the same purposeful stance, as if they were specifically honed to grace the Silverstone tarmac. Each sits on lowered Cup Chassis with a striking combination of silver metallic paint and contrasting 'Deep Black' details, including 17" alloy wheels ('Speedline' on the Clio), roof and door mirrors. Completing the exclusive look, both of the new limited edition Renaultsports also feature extra-tinted rear windows and Silverstone GP B-pillar badges inscribed with the new grand prix circuit map. The Twingo also benefits from a matching 'Deep Black' rear spoiler and fog light surrounds.
The pocket-rocket Twingo notably gains an all-new Renaultsport full stainless steel exhaust system, providing a suitable throaty soundtrack to match its visual presence.
On the inside, the two new versions boast a unique numbered interior plaque (1-50), Renaultsport Monitor onboard performance tracking system and grey and black Renaultsport carpet mats. The Clio also features Renaultsport Recaro front seats, Bluetooth and multi-functional TunePoint for portable music players.
Track-bred from the outset, owners of both new limited editions also receive a free Renaultsport Experience at Silverstone, usually £175, so that they can explore the full handling and performance potential of their new metal in a real circuit environment, but under the expert tuition of a fully-qualified instructor.
Both Silverstone GP limited editions are available to order from 1st July. The Twingo Renaultsport 133 version costs £14,995 and the Clio Renaultsport 200 £19,995on-the-road. More information is available at www.renault.co.uk/cars/
Details about the rest of the Renault range, can be found at www.renault.co.uk, Renault TV on Sky Guide 883 and Freesat 651, or by following on twitter @renault_uk.