The Gordini namesake has returned to Renault with the official introduction of the Twingo Gordini Renaultsport.

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This latest version of Renault’s pocket rocket features design cues long-associated with the Gordini world with a combination of French blue and white racing stripes.

The front and rear bumpers are enhanced by gloss black centre sections, while the fog lamp surrounds, exterior door mirror housings and rear tailgate spoiler are all picked out in a contrasting white finish.

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The exterior treatment is rounded off by 17-inch alloy wheels with a polished face and a choice of the inner rim finished in either blue or black.

This theme is carried over to the interior with matching blue leather upholstery, blue and black leather steering wheel with twin stripes at the centre, blue gearlever gate and knob and a blue rev-counter with white surround.

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The 'Gordini Series' badging either side refers back to the 1960’s heyday of the Gordini Cup in France when the qualifying heats of the different race meetings were known as séries.

Based on the same performance and equipment specification of the Renaultsport 133 version, the Gordini version boasts a 'Sport' chassis and feisty 99kW 1.6-litre petrol engine with a specially tuned exhaust note.

The Twingo Gordini Renaultsport will premiere at the Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées, in Paris in January next year with European sales to follow by March.