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    Spy Shots: Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo
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    With a rear-engine, rear-drive setup, the Renault Twingo (like its Smart cousin) has the opportunity to be a real firecracker. Unfortunately, even in turbocharged guise, its tiny three-cylinder engine has other ideas. But when we spoke to Renault's engineers at the Twingo's launch in France a ...

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    Official: Renaultsport RS 01 hits the track with GT-R power
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    After just a bit of teasing, Renault has finally unveiled its newest racer, the Renaultsport RS 01. Destined for one-make competition in the World Series by Renault, the RS 01 features a carbon-fiber monocoque body from Dallara that allows it to slip in at just 2,425 pounds. The sleek, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo
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    America may be better known for its muscle cars than its hot hatches, but those who prefer their power sent to the front wheels with a liftgate at the back aren't exactly hurting for choices these days. Americans can stop by their local dealership and put in an order for a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ...

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    Official: Renaultsport ready to attack the 'Ring with new Mégane 275 Trophy
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    Competition improves the breed. So goes the old saying, but if there's ever been an example of that axiom put into action, surely it's the new Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy. The story of Renaultsport's latest hot hatch starts in 2008, back when the French automaker lapped the ...

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    Video: Renaultsport teases Nürburgring-bound Mégane
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    The current king of the hot hatches, as crowned by the Nürburgring, is the Seat Leon Cupra. And Renault is none too happy about that. It did, after all, hold the Nordschleife lap record for front-drive cars for several years, first with the Mégane II-based R26.R and then with the ...

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    Teased: Renault gunning for sub-8-minute Nürburgring lap time
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    UPDATE: A previous version of this article erroneously suggested Renault was aiming for a sub-8-second lap time. Clearly, this was a rather humorous typo, and it's been fixed. Thanks for all who pointed out the mistake in the Comments! While hybrid hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren ...

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    Video: Renaultsport prepares Dacia Duster to tackle Dakar
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    If you've ever seen a Dacia up close, it'd probably strike you as one of the least likely vehicles to take racing. The Romanian-made vehicles (also sold as Renault models in certain markets) typically drive around a hundred horsepower to the front wheels through a five-speed gearbox and offer ...

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    Motorsports: Renault bids fond farewell to its F1 V8
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    Lots of things change over time in Formula One, but its eras have largely been defined by their engine formula. The turbo era gave way to the V12, then the V10 and on to the V8 that ran its final laps at last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. But as it officially hands over the driveshaft to the ...

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    Official: Twizy Renault Sport F1 is a racy EV that defies categorization
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    It recently came out that Porsche mulled a return to Formula One but chose a return to Le Mans instead, citing F1 technology's lack of relevance to its road cars. Well Porsche, take this: the Twizy Renault Sport F1 concept, "a bridge between the world of F1 technology and that of production ...

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    Report: Renault's Gordini to focus on track-oriented models
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    Following Renault's tie-up with Caterham to produce Alpine sports cars, Renault's sub-branding bifurcation is taking more sensible shape. When the French brand announced the revival of the Gordini brand in 2010, the plan was that Gordini cars would "slot in above the current Renaultsport ...

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    Report: Europe's legendary Renault Clio Williams poised for 2014 return
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    As soon as the Williams Formula 1 team inked an engine supply deal with Renault in 2011, auto journos salivated at the thought of a new Renault Clio Williams. (This was after the return of Gordini, during the rumors of the return of Alpine, before the rumors of the Initiale brand, and long before ...

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    Official: Renault fetes Red Bull Racing with special edition Twingo
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    Used to be if Renault wanted to celebrate a Formula One team with special edition, it would celebrate its own. But having sold the bulk of its own team to Lotus and Genii Capital in favor of supplying engines to a greater variety of independent teams, its latest commemorative hot hatches honor ...

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    Followup: Renault confirms 400-HP Alpine concept debuting on Friday *UPDATE [w/video]
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    Renault has confirmed the unveiling of an Alpine concept at this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco, but as we get closer there are new details alongisde new questions. Just yesterday came the leaked image of a concept called the A110-50C, heavily based on the Renault DeZir concept, that ...

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    Report: Renault Alpine A110-50 concept leaked ahead of Monaco debut
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    If Jesus had treated Lazarus' resurrection like Renault has treated that of its Alpine brand, Lazarus would have politely requested, "Please, leave me alone." In 2008, the Alpine's return was rumored to come riding on the platform of the Nissan 370Z. In 2009 the revival was declared D.O.A along ...

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    Official: Renault celebrates Red Bull partnership with special edition Clio RS
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    As a Formula One entity, Renault has gone from engine supplier to full manufacturer (having acquired the Benetton team back in 2000) and back to engine supplier (having all but completely divested the team now under the Lotus banner). The French automaker's competition engine works also powers ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear drives Europe's hottest hot hatch, the Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy
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    You know, we can live without the Laguna and the Scenic. We really can. But when it comes down to the hot hatches, well... we kinda wish we could get out driving gloves on some Renault models on this side of the Atlantic. Certain models in specific, like the Megane 265 Trophy. Renaultsport's ...

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    Official: Renaultsport calls Clio 200 to the matte with special edition
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    Renault hot hatches are among the most celebrated on the European market, but that doesn't mean they don't have any room for improvement. Enter the latest special edition Clio Renaultsport 200. Known as the Raider edition in the UK and the "Ange & Démon" in other European markets, the ...

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    Report: Renault and Williams to team up again for new 240hp Clio hot hatch?
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    Back in the early '90s, Renault and Williams were dominating Formula One, and their success spilled over into one of the most celebrated hot hatches of all time. And now that the two are getting back together for the 2012 season, rumors are afoot that they'll collaborate on a revival that could ...

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    Official: Renault gears up for race weekend with Silverstone GP edition Twingo & Clio RS
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    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 ...

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    Official: Williams F1 returns to Renault power
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    That the Williams F1 team isn't quite up to its old form is no news. But back in its heyday, it was a force to be reckoned with, and then some. The team has seven drivers' championships and nine constructors' titles to its name – several of which came under Ford (2 and 2) and Honda (1 and ...

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