Renault: from 8 Gordini to Electric Twingo in Geneva

PARIS, France – As a vintage car lover and avid fan of rear-wheel tractor drive beasts in general, I went deaf when my wife  suggested I check out the new electric Twingo, Renault will be introducing at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Really?

In a brilliant marketing move, she and millions of other viewers no doubt, was sucker punched by a video clip (see below) of the classic Renault Gordini road racer, and the 50-year commemorative road rally.

However at a closer look I was surprised to learn that the new Twingo (a collaboration with Daimler and Mercedes-Benz), is shifting to a rear-wheel drive train and variable engine arrangements (gas, diesel and electric).

For sheer thrills, check out the Twingo’s evil cousin, the 320 hp Twin’Run Renault concept car introduced at the 71st Monaco Grand Prix in 2013.

This Fiat 500 knock off may just sport the kind of  drift cache that made the Gordini famous.

Let’s see what else brings the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, March 6-16.

Photo and videos: Renault.


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