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
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 :
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.
"Cleon" C3G Engine
New D7F Engine
New D4F Engine
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.