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Renault Debuts Twin'Run Concept in Monaco

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As a precursor to the next generation Twingo city car, Renault has unveiled a motorsport city car concept. Revealed among all the glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Twin'Run is the racy counterpart to the environmentally friendly electric vehicle released in April, the Twin'Z. However where the Twin'Z was all practical urban runaround, the Twin'Run is a miniature hot hatch in the style of the Renault Clio V6 or Renault 5 Turbo.

The compact two seater is powered by the Megane Trophy's 3.5 litre V6, mid mounted and returning 316bhp. A SADEV six speed sequential transmission with a racing twin plated clutch powers the rear wheels with a limited slip diff and will get the tiny rocket ship from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, red lining at a massive 7,500rpm. That's faster than a Porsche Cayman. 18 inch alloys with some serious brakes counteract all that power.

Apart from the outsized engine, performance is also aided by a super lightweight tubular chassis and glass fibre body shell, meaning the whole car weighs in at no more than 950kg. Carbon fibre body kit elements such as the front splitter, rear vent, roof and wheel arches are allied to a fixed aerofoil and underfloor venting that aids downforce to maintain stability at speed – which is limited to 155mph.

The funky, three door Twin'Run acts as a preview to what we can expect from next year's five door Twingo update but is strictly a concept at this point. The cabin is race car Spartan, with Sparco seating and four point racing harnesses, although some consideration is given to styling in the form of black and red Alcantara suede upholstered fascia and door panels. Again in race car style, the gearstick and handbrake are right up next to the steering wheel, while a 5.5 inch LCD screen in the instrument binnacle displays important driving data such as the vehicle and engine speeds, fuel level and oil pressure, with a couple of retro reed dials for oil and water temperature.

The Renault Twin'Run boasts some bold rally styling, adorned with '5' graphics in tribute to its spiritual predecessor, the Renault 5 Turbo and a quad of LED front lighting units that can display a series of driver controlled light sequences. A showy debut on the Grand Prix circuit around Monte Carlo joined by a Maxi 5 Turbo and Clio V6 highlighted the car's racy personality and gives a clue to the market segment Renault expects the Twin'Run to inhabit.

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