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Renault Twingo Gordini 133 prices and specs announced

The order books for Renault's eagerly-awaited Twingo Gordini 133 open in April, with deliveries commencing in June.

Just 200 of the £14,500 hot hatches are destined for the UK. Developed by Renaultsport, this stylish small car exudes the spirit of Gordini, with a modern twist.

All cars are in the iconic Malta Blue metallic paintwork with twin white racing stripes, in keeping with its famous predecessors. The front and rear bumpers are enhanced by gloss black centre sections, while the fog light surrounds, door mirrors housing and rear spoiler are all highlighted in a contrasting white finish.

Outside, the styling package is completed by 17-inch Gordini alloy wheels with a polished face and black inner rim.

On the inside there's Renaultsport seats with extra lateral support clothed in dark grey leather with blue details and Gordini-embossed logo. Blue detailing continues on to the door panels, the gearlever gaiter and Gordini-badged gearknob. The steering wheel is finished in blue and dark grey leather with two white stripes to indicate the centre point, whilst the rev counter pod is also in blue with a white face.

An exclusive plate will show the build number of the 200 examples that will come to the UK.

Aside from the styling changes, there's the same equipment package as the Renaultsport 133 version. That means a 'Sport' chassis with 17-inch wheels, a 1.6-litre 133hp petrol engine with a specially-tuned exhaust and more precise steering.

Unique to the Twingo Gordini 133 is climate control, automatic headlight and wiper activation, cruise control, speed limiter, ESC, 4x20W radio-CD with fingertip steering wheel-mounted remote control and separate display, Bluetooth connectivity, multifunctional TunePoint for personal music players (iPod, MP3) and extra-tinted rear windows.

Buyers can personalise their Gordini 133 with optional Pearl Black paint instead of Malta Blue, the Cup chassis (lower ride height, stiffer springs and dampers), Gordini wheels with a blue inner rim, curtain airbags and an electrically-operated panoramic sunroof (no roof stripes when fitted).

GORDINI: RENAULT'S SPORTING HERITAGE

Amédée Gordini, who developed almost 200,000 Renault vehicles over a 20-year period, achieved some of the brand's greatest sporting achievements.

Born in 1899, within a year of Louis Renault building his very first vehicle, Amédée Gordini was fascinated by automobiles and motor racing from a very young age. After working as a racing mechanic in his teens, Gordini developed his own sports racing and Grand Prix cars before being engaged by Renault in the mid-1950s. The Renault 8 Gordini with its bright blue paintwork and twin white stripes was one of his most successful and iconic creations, finishing 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally. In 1966, the 1300cc version heralded the Gordini Cup one-make race series and the blueprint for all single-make motorsport championships.

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