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Measurements - Performance - Safety

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Either you love this car, either you hate it, but you can't consider Twingo without having an opinion. It's not just a car, it's a philosophy of life. This is a car to experience, not just to drive. In 30 years from now, it will be part of the scenery and a symbol of it's era, just like the VW Beetle, Mini, Renault 4L or Citroen 2CV.

In addition to Twingo's special look, its interior is what makes it's originality. Twingo is the shortest car of its category, but its interior is the largest . It is probably the smallest minivan/MPV with a special philosophy : "une voiture Ó vivre". Its other main features are the huge digital LCD in the middle of the dashboard and the famous modular back seats :

  • Slide them back and you have more leg space than in a Safrane. Only the trunk gets smaller.
  • Slide them forward, and you have more space for luggage than in any other car of it's size. And there's still enough room for small passengers.
  • With both front and back seats tilted backwards, Twingo's interior turns into a double bed.
  • Completely fold the seats and the Twingo turns into a delivery van.

Click HERE to see pictures about Twingo's seats and engine.

You can find many informations about the Twingo (and ask all questions you want) on the Yahoo! Club Twingo.

Measurements :

A Total Length 135" 3,43m
G Total Width 62.2" 1,63m
H Height 55.9" 1,42m
Weight 1796 or 1893 lbs 815 to 850 Kg
Modular Trunk 5.5 to 38.7 cubic feet 168 to 1096dm3
Petrol/Gas tank 11 Gallons 40 litres
Aerodynamics Cx 0,35/SCx 0,695 Cx 0,35/SCx 0,695

Performance :

"Cleon" C3G Engine

(All models before july 1996)
Engine 4cyl., 1239cc
0-60mph - 0-100km/h 14.0 sec
1/4 Mile - 400m 18.9 sec
Top Speed 93mph - 151km/h
Power 55 bhp @ 5300 rpm
Torque 66lb-ft - 90Nm @ 2800 rpm
Injection monopoint
Transmission Front WD - 5 sp. manual or semi-auto (Easy)
55mph - 90km/h 46 mpg - 5,1 l/100km
City 32 mpg - 7,4 l/100km

New D7F Engine

(Since july 1996)
Engine 4cyl., 1149cc, 8V
0-60mph - 0-100km/h 13.4 sec (Easy:14,4 Matic:16,4)
1/4 Mile - 400m 18.8 sec (Easy:19,8 Matic:20,5)
Top Speed 94mph - 150km/h
Power 60 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Torque 93Nm-2500tr/mn
Injection Sequential Multipoint
Transmission Front WD - 5 sp. manual or semi-auto (Easy) or 3 sp. auto. ('Matic)
55mph - 90km/h 49 mpg - 4,8 l/100km
City 36 mpg - 6,5 l/100km

New D4F Engine

(Since december 2000)
Engine 4cyl., 1149cc, 16V
0-60mph - 0-100km/h 11.7 sec
0-1000m 33.7 sec
Top Speed 170km/h
Power 75 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 105Nm-3500tr/mn
Injection Sequential Multipoint
Transmission Front WD - 5 sp. manual or semi-auto (Easy) or 3 sp. auto. ('Matic)
Highway 4,9 l/100km
City 7,5 l/100km

Safety :

Twingo crash test with a Laguna : crashtest.mov, 445 Kb


Despite being only 3.43 m. long, the Twingo therefore offers a high level of safety, even in collisions with vehicles of significantly greater weight.

The Twingo 2 is equipped with a reinforced lower structure with longerons of greater thickness and different cross-section, a thicker floor panel, stiffeners for the tunnel (forward section) and the sill sections (of omega section), and steering column support flanges. The upper part of the structure has also been modified with stiffeners for the front inner wings and the door frames (of omega section), and inner panels for the front pillars and the rear quarters. Altogether, Twingo uses an extra 30 kg of high-strength steel in its structure.

The Twingo 2 is also equipped with high performance occupant retention systems to offset the effects of the greater deceleration resulting from the greater stiffness of the structure. As a new feature at this market level, the Twingo 2 is equipped with the Renault SRP (System for Restraint and Protection) with programmed restraint airbags, safety belt pretensioners, load limiters for the front and rear seats, and close-contact head restraints with curved runners.

Thanks to a control valve which allows pressure in the airbag to be adjusted during the deceleration phase, the programmed restraint airbag achieves levels of energy absorption and damped movement impossible with conventional airbags. In addition, this airbag protects and damps movement of both head and chest. During deceleration, the load exerted on the latter by the belt is reduced to only 400 kg, compared with the usual 900 kg. In this way the Twingo achieves a performance unique in its market segment.

This system can be completed by specifying combined head and chest side airbags, another completely new feature for a car in this class. Equipped with control valves to regulate inflation pressure, the bags provide improved protection for both head and chest compared with conventional side airbags.

Last update : May 22, 2006.