Ahead of this weekend’s British Formula 1 Grand Prix, Renault has launched special ‘Silverstone GP’ editions of the Renaultsport Twingo 133 and Clio 200.
Both models are exclusive to the UK, which is the largest market for Renault’s hot hatches worldwide. Just 50 of each will be available and they are pitched as (temporary) range toppers with extra equipment over the standard Renaultsport versions on which they’re based.
Each sits on lowered Cup Chassis and has sport silver metallic paint with contrasting ‘Deep Black’ details, including 17” alloy wheels (‘Speedline’ on the Clio), roof and door mirrors. The Twingo also gets matching ‘Deep Black’ rear spoiler and fog light surrounds. Both models feature extra-tinted rear windows and ‘Silverstone GP’ B-pillar badges inscribed with the new grand prix circuit map.
On the inside, the two new versions boast a unique numbered interior plaque (showing which of the 1 – 50 you’re sitting in) and a few other extras like special mats and connectivity options.
Reinforcing the Silverston GP theme, owners of both new limited editions will also get free Renaultsport Experience at Silverstone, usually £175, so they can test out what their new car can do — all under careful supervision of course.
Engine wise the cars are unchanged, save a Renaultsport full stainless steel exhaust system for the Twingo, backing up the visual spectacle with some bark. Performance is unchanged: the Twingo’s four cylinder 1.6 litre petrol engine achieves 133bhp, making for a top speed of 125mph and 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, while the Clio’s four cylinder 2.0 litre petrol mill churns out 200bhp for a maximum speed of 141mph and a 0-62mph dash in 6.9 seconds.
The Twingo RS 133 achieves 42.2mpg with CO2 at 155g/km; the Clio RSS 200 making 34.5mpg with CO2 levels of 190g/km.
Both Silverstone GP limited editions are available now. The Twingo Renaultsport 133 version costs £14,995 and the Clio Renaultsport 200 £19,995 on-the-road. That’s about £2,000 more than the standard car in both cases.