Renault's Twingo set for high-performance variation

Renault looks set to give its Twingo supermini a high-performance upgrade, as spy shots from Auto Express suggest. The motoring publication snapped a test mule model undergoing testing in Spain, and subtle changes to the undisguised car's exterior are strong signs that a Renaultsport Twingo is on its way.

The vehicle had a noticeably lower stance than the standard version, a typical feature of model variations with motorsport influenced design. Meanwhile, the front included a reworked vent that cut into the badge and grille - a possible sign that a new cooling system under the bonnet channels cold air into a more muscular engine. One further detail was the chunky exhaust system found at the rear, which emerged from a diffuser-style plate.

Further changes for the RS option will likely include a streamlined shape, performance brakes, uprated suspension and enhanced steering to manage the car's extra pulling power. The current Clio's TCe turbocharged engine is expected to be found under the bonnet, but with its 89bhp and 135Nm of torque ramped up to energetic Renaultsport levels.

The RS Twingo will probably go on sale next year, as the standard Twingo isn't due to arrive at UK showrooms until September this year. Order books are open for the incoming Twingo, and you can put your name down for this exciting model with Charles Hurst across Northern Ireland.