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PostHeaderIcon Renault Twingo

Renault radically changed the formula for its third-generation Twingo city runabout. The first- and second-gen Twingos were front-engined, front-wheel drive, three-door cars (and the second one even had a proper hot hatch variant). For its third generation, though, Renault completely changed things around, making the Twingo a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, five-door model.

Further differentiating it from its predecessors was its design. Whereas the two previous Twingo incarnations were styled to look as modern and fresh as possible, the current Twingo has a retro-inspired look that owes everything to the iconic Renault 5. And it really works – the Twingo is cute, tasteful and, even though there are other retro-inspired cars out there, it’s among the most successful from a visual standpoint.

But it too isn’t especially new, as it was launched back in 2015 and was recently given its mid-lifecycle refresh. Renault didn’t change anything major, though; the refresh has changed the front and rear bumpers, the headlights, as well as added some extra interior customization options. One of the engines available for the Twingo also gets a power boost courtesy of the facelift and some extra tech has been added too.

But overall, it’s still the same fresh looking car that attracted a lot of attention back when it was launched. That attention didn’t really translate into it becoming a sales hit, yet you still see a fair few of them scuttling around Europe’s major cities (the Fiat 500 is still king in this respect and the Twingo didn’t manage to dethrone it).

PostHeaderIcon All-new 2019 Renault Captur bows in Frankfurt with new platform, plug-in hybrid variant

Renault unveiled an all-new generation of its Captur crossover at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it wasn’t really on many people’s radar, even though the previous generation model sold over 1.5 million units since its introduction. So the new Captur is a really rather important model for Renault; it’s not terribly exciting for automotive journos or enthusiasts, but as a car people are actually going to buy, it is quite significant.

PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane

Renault has been selling the current Megane unchanged since the current generation was launched back in 2016. Then, it attracted a lot of attention with its bold LED daytime running lights, wrap-around rear light clusters (that almost created a full-width light bar) and upmarket-feeling interior with its large portrait-style touchscreen infotainment screen.

Now, the manufacturer has brought the Megane in for its midlife makeover, in order to keep it looking fresh and to bring its look in line with that of newer models in the range (like the all-new generation Clio subcompact). The facelifted Megane features redesigned headlights (with a different but equally bold LED signature), a revised grille and front bumper, as well as a new rear light cluster design; the rear bumper may also be different, but if so, then the difference is so subtle we can’t really spot it.

Its interior has also been updated, but the biggest change can be found under the revised Megane’s hood. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered for the first time, as Renault continues the quest to electrify as much of its range as possible – this was to be expected, though, since the new Clio can also be had as a hybrid, so electrifying the Megane was a logical next step.

PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

The 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R is about as close as it gets to being the cap stone for the front-wheel drive hot hatch pyramid. It is the most extreme version of the current Megane RenaultSport and it makes the regular model look tame and watered down by comparison.

It is the even more extreme version of the Megane R.S. 300 Trophy, which, in turn, is more hardcore than the base Megane RenaultSport. The 300 Trophy already has plenty of go-faster mods, such as a standard Torsen limited-slop differential, a stiffer suspension setup complete with trick dampers that feature a hydraulic bumptstop, as well as bigger brakes and extra power extracted out of its 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder.

The Trophy-R takes things a step further: most of its performance gain comes from the weight shedding of 130 kilograms (286 pounds) and some enhanced aero. Renault engineers also removed the 4Control four-wheel steering system not only to make the car lighter, but to also give it a more consistent feel when driven quickly around a track. This and other mods result is a car that currently holds the front-wheel drive lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which is no surprise, because that’s what it was designed to do (and also be the quickest and most focused vehicle of its type).

It’s also definitely got future classic written all over it. Only 500 examples will be made, all with a manual six-speed gearbox, stripped out interior (with a deleted back seat) and unique graphics. The high asking price might put some off it, but for those hardcore enthusiasts who are willing to spend more than 50 percent more on a Trophy-R than they would on the regular RenaultSport Megane (in order for the car to come fitted with the Nürburgring Record Pack), the difference will be worth it.

PostHeaderIcon The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

The Renault Megane has a rich history and purists love this car for its performance-oriented drivetrain and that it can be chucked around corners with ease. The latest iteration is the Megane R.S. Trophy-R. This little pocket-rocket recently added a badge to its accolades by becoming the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Mecca of circuits – the Nurburgring – in 7 minutes and 40.1 seconds. For your information, this is a limited-edition car and only 500 of the same will be produced. Need we say anything more?

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Renault ZOE EV has sharper looks, more range and two motor options

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Our readers from North America may not really be familiar with the Renault Zoe, but it is actually the best selling all-electric vehicle in Europe, so the fact that a new one has been launched is a pretty big deal. It’s definitely an evolution of the old car and not a dramatic, revolution, but it addresses some key concerns people had with it in the past in order to make it even more enticing for city types who don’t want a small EV.

The 2020 Renault ZOE has freshened up exterior design, a much improved interior (it sorely needed), a battery pack has 30 percent extra capacity over the old one and new tech that was not available on the old ZOE. And having improved the car in all these areas, Renault has a chance of staying on top of EV sales in Europe, even though there are far more rivals out now than there were when the ZOE debuted, back in 2012.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R Just Killed the Civic Type R’s Nurburgring Record

Renault’s performance division, Renault Sport, is a name synonymous with hot hatches, and its latest offering, the 2019 Megane RS Trophy-R, is a reminder why that is. The new lightened, track-focused Megane RS has just beaten the Honda Civic Type-R around the Nurburgring, stealing the front-wheel-drive crown from the Japanese manufacturer.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video

You gotta love it when manufacturers bring race-proven performance to the street. Back in the ‘80s, that’s exactly what Renault did with the R5 Turbo2, a boxy giant-slayer that looks the part of a sideways dirt-slinger all the way down to the hugely flared rear fenders.

This thing is just dripping with old-school-cool, which means it fits right in at Jay Leno’s Garage. Originally, the mighty mite used to be (as Jay puts it) “just a front-wheel drive, front-engined, econobox.” Now, however, it’s so much more. For starters, the engine is in now behind the seats, and now features a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder producing just under 200 horsepower, all of which flows through a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension was also completely reworked, and of course, don’t forget that glorious new body work. The product of racing homologation, just 200 were produced with the same aluminum roof as the example seen here.

This thing is a straight-up rally superstar for the road. Check it out in length in this 27-minute, 44-second video, which includes a look at all the technical details, and a stint on the streets of Southern California.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Renault K-ZE EV Showed up in Shanghai Ready for Production

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Six months after it made its debut as a concept car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Renault K-ZE broke cover in production form at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The tiny electric crossover was designed in China as part of the eGT New Energy Automotive Co. Ltd. joint venture between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and local carmaker Dongfeng.

PostHeaderIcon Renault EZ-Ultimo

The Renault EZ-Ultimo is a futuristic concept car that the French firm unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. A fully autonomous car, the EZ-Ultimo rounds out Renault’s trilogy of concept robo-vehicles designed for shared mobility. It joins the EZ-Go and the EZ-Pro, also unveiled in 2018.

Described as a “robo-vehicle for a premium mobility experience,” the EZ-Ultimo was developed for increasingly congested city traffic and to meet new urban trends in which more and more people drop personal cars in favor of shared car services. Powered by an all-electric drivetrain, the concept car is intended to be offered as a service for “a single trip, a circuit or a day booking” provided by premium travel companies and resorts. One of Renault’s most luxurious vehicles ever, the EZ-Ultimo previews a production car that might become available over the next decade.

Update 3/28/2019: We stopped by Renault’s booth at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and got some good shots of the Renault EZ-Ultimo. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

PostHeaderIcon Renault EZ-Ultimo

The Renault EZ-Ultimo is a futuristic concept car that the French firm unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. A fully autonomous car, the EZ-Ultimo rounds out Renault’s trilogy of concept robo-vehicles designed for shared mobility. It joins the EZ-Go and the EZ-Pro, also unveiled in 2018.

Described as a “robo-vehicle for a premium mobility experience,” the EZ-Ultimo was developed for increasingly congested city traffic and to meet new urban trends in which more and more people drop personal cars in favor of shared car services. Powered by an all-electric drivetrain, the concept car is intended to be offered as a service for “a single trip, a circuit or a day booking” provided by premium travel companies and resorts. One of Renault’s most luxurious vehicles ever, the EZ-Ultimo previews a production car that might become available over the next decade.

Update 3/28/2019: We stopped by Renault’s booth at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and got some good shots of the Renault EZ-Ultimo. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Peugeot 208 vs 2019 Renault Clio

The launch of French city cars is a pretty big deal in Europe, and this year we saw all-new generations of the most important models from Peugeot and Renault. The Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio are both all-new, even though in the case of the former you can certainly tell, whereas the latter just looks like the a facelift for the previous-generation model.

Renault played it safe with the Clio, clearly stating that its exterior look is merely evolutionary, but once you step inside you will notice the radically different (and better) interior. Believe it or not, the Clio rides on a new platform that, for the first time ever, gives Renault the chance to also offer it in hybrid form.

Peugeot has done one better, though. Its 208 looks striking and fresh both inside and out, borrowing design cues from the larger 508. Overall, therefore, it nudges in front of the Clio in terms of the way it looks and, on top of this, Peugeot will offer it in full EV guise under the name e-208. To make matters even better the e-208 is apparently going to have excellent range too.

However, Peugeot’s flamboyant approach to the design and styling of the 208 might put some people off completely, so even if on paper it may already sound like the winner in this company, the fact of the matter is there’s a lot more to it, and they need to be analyzed side by side.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

The 2019 Renault Clio might look a lot like its predecessor, but at the same time, it’s also largely rethought in all the right ways. In short, it’s fundamentally better than ever before and rides on an all-new platform that provides a home for new engines, lower ride height, and a revamped interior that’s not only more modern but more spacious as well. I non-performance form the new Clio can be had with anywhere between 65 and 114 horsepower but, once Renault pulls the sheet off of the GT and R.S. models, the Clio is expected to put at least 225 horsepower to the ground. It’s not clearly visible at first, but Renault is now able to take on the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series alongside models like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. With such an enlightening new generation at hand, we’ve decided to make the brand-new 2019 Renault Clio our wallpaper of the day here at Topspeed headquarters. And, since we’re feeling so enlightened, we’ve decided to make our favorite, along with a selection of other Clio wallpapers, easily available for you to download.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

The 2019 Renault Clio might look a lot like its predecessor, but at the same time, it’s also largely rethought in all the right ways. In short, it’s fundamentally better than ever before and rides on an all-new platform that provides a home for new engines, lower ride height, and a revamped interior that’s not only more modern but more spacious as well. I non-performance form the new Clio can be had with anywhere between 65 and 114 horsepower but, once Renault pulls the sheet off of the GT and R.S. models, the Clio is expected to put at least 225 horsepower to the ground. It’s not clearly visible at first, but Renault is now able to take on the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series alongside models like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. With such an enlightening new generation at hand, we’ve decided to make the brand-new 2019 Renault Clio our wallpaper of the day here at Topspeed headquarters. And, since we’re feeling so enlightened, we’ve decided to make our favorite, along with a selection of other Clio wallpapers, easily available for you to download.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Renault Twingo shows up with new face and engine in Geneva

On the market for almost five years now, the third-generation Renault Twingo needed an update. And the French firm delivered at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, where the mid-cycle facelift broke cover with updated features inside and out, and a new engine and transmission.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Renault Clio brings evolutionary design, hybrid powertrain promise to Geneva

Whenever Renault launches an all-new Clio, it’s a big deal, and this year’s edition of the Geneva motor show and the next-gen Clio debut are no exception. Why is it such an important model? Well, since the first generation of the model debuted, in the year 1990, Renault has sold a whopping 15-million units and with this latest one it’s decided to play it a bit safe.

PostHeaderIcon Renault Clio

The much anticipated new 2019 Renault Clio city car finally showed its face. In an effort to move towards the premium spectrum of the city car segment (you know, where the A1 and the Mini reside), the new Renault Clio gained many of the design traits from the latest line of Renault vehicles such as the Talisman sedan and the Megane hatch. It showed its face before the imminent reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and it is a fundamentally better car than before. Yet, with the new platform, new engines, new interior, and new dimensions come new thinking as well. The new Clio is actually shorter compared to the predecessor. Lower too. But roomier inside. Somehow, Renault engineers achieved the Tardis effect with the new Cio and I will tell you how. First things first. Why the hell does it look so similar to its predecessor?

Updated 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the Renault Clio that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

PostHeaderIcon Are Digital Instruments Coming to Affordable Cars? New Renault Clio Says Yes

There are a lot of things we don’t like about the incredibly fast pace at which the auto industry advances. But one thing we do like is the fact that this relentless pursuit of better and fancier means that we can now get tech features that were exclusive to high-end luxury cars only a few years ago in humble little hatchbacks. A good instance of this is the completely digital instrument binnacles which will soon be available with the new Renault Clio.

Just take a look at that dashboard. Not that long ago having digital switches and knobs for the air con system was considered the height of technology in a family hatchback. Now though, the new Renault Clio comes with not just a central screen but also a ‘Smart Cockpit’ digital instrument binnacle. And those are not any old screens, but a massive 9.3 inch tablet for the dashboard and an even bigger 10 inch monitor for the configurable instrument panel. And below these you get a wireless charger for your phone. We feel compelled to point this out again: this is not a Mercedes-Benz or a BMW. This is a small French hatchback you will be able to buy on a college student’s budget. Amazing!

Now, whether all that techie stuff are strictly necessary in a car of this size and class – or indeed any car – is besides the point. Granted, we have lived perfectly well with out cars for more than a hundred years without the benefit of fancy graphics in our binnacles. And it’s true that some of those flashy digital dials could prove to be distracting. But this kind of gimmicks are what people like these days, and the fact that we are able to have them in cheap cars is pretty cool. That means cheap cars are no longer going to be boring and sparse and horrible. That digital instrument alone is enough to cheer you up in the morning on the way to work.



Now that we are talking about the new Renault Clio, let’s delve deeper into that cabin and see what’s what. Renault is not yet ready to reveal the whole thing, only the interior. But it’s a good interior. Apart from the digital stuff mentioned above, the new Clio’s cockpit features  high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and central console surround, and meticulously finished furnishings. This is another aspect of that fast-moving advance we were just talking about. The seats, steering wheel, door panels and consoles have also been redesigned and improved in terms of ergonomics and material. In short, then, the new Clio’s cabin is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in this segment.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Renault Twingo – The New Symbol of Euro Chic

French car makers have always been at the forefront of style and panache to the point of favoring them over substance. The last few decades, however, they have been cutting back the funding for the design department, to make sure their trims don’t fall off and the car runs properly. That resulted in a whole bunch of utterly uninteresting cars from Renault, Peugeot and Citroen – cars we are trying really hard to forget. Good news is though, The French are back at it, as evidenced by the likes of the new 2019 Renault Twingo, and this time they are not compromising. 

You just have to look at the lines on the 2019 Renault Twingo to see Euro Chic oozing from every panel. And that is even before you get to the different color schemes and interior trim options. True, all that makes this little hatchback more of an accessory, but what’s wrong with that? It’s a city runabout not a sports car. It kind of has to be funky and cool and convenient because those are the qualities you want from your city car. The new Twingo has the exact right size for an urban cruiser. It’s not so small as to have no interior space, and not so big as to be hard to park. That is something the Twingo’s main customer base are going to appreciate a great deal.

That brings us to the elephant in the… well… car. Yes, 2019 Renault Twingo is indeed a girly car. Even Renault makes no bone about this, as you can clearly see in the official trailer for the car we have embedded above. This is a car designed for ladies, probably by ladies. The options, the choice of colors, even the mechanical specs are all put together to appeal to women. But if you are a man and you like this car, do not go and doubt your heterosexuality. You just have to wait until Renault launches a hotted up version for boys, which, if their history is any indication, they definitely will.

Speaking of mechanical highlights, 2019 Renault Twingo comes with three three-cylinder petrol engines, SCe 75, TCe 95 and TCe 95 EDC. These Euro 6D engines all have start/stop. The 75 engine is the base model and comes with a manual five-speed gearbox. But we reckon the 95 EDC will be the most popular, as it comes with a six-speed EDC automatic gearbox. Obviously, someone driving in high heels cannot be bothered to change gear, so most customers are going to want the automatic.

Among the main options and features that make the new Twingo such a start city car, there is the Easy Link infotainment with standard integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, free R&Go app, and all the little ergonomic touches. There is a new center console featuring an adjustable holder in which you can place a cup or store a smartphone in an upright position. To increase accessibility, the console also includes two USB ports and a jack plug, together with the buttons used for both Stop & Start and cruise control/speed limiter. As for the more style-focused options, the top models come with a white lacquered finish and the door armrests are covered and decorated with topstitching. Meanwhile you have a choice between Dark and Light upholstery colour combinations, four different rims, and a Color Pack featuring front grille rims, side mirror covers, side mouldings and rear bumper trims painted in Crystal White, Flame Red or Mango Yellow Three-coloured, Dots and Cosmic decals available in white or black.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Alpine A110 1800 Group 4 Works

The Renault-Alpine A110 is one of the most famous rally cars of the two-wheel-drive era. It reigned supreme in the days before the WRC became a thing and this, the 1800, built to Group 4 specifications, is the swansong of the A110 and ran in 1974 and 1975.

The original Alpine A110 was launched in 1961 as the successor of the A108 which shared parts with Renault’s Dauphine. This time by, Paul Redele and his men relied on parts from the compact Renault 8 sedan. The car had a similar design to the A108, again with a rounded nose and straight-cut rear as well as bulbous headlights.

The A110, in its later versions, claimed numerous rally wins which made Alpine the 1971 champions in the International Championship for Manufacturers. This A110 was built for the 1974 season as one of only nine works-supported cars that year. It managed a best finish of second in the Tour De Corse but proved to be overwhelmed by the newly-homologated Lancia Stratos with its mid-engine configuration.

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