RENAULT - GORDINI CHAIN WAS An ERROR
Gordini name to be use for pukka hardcore performance versions henceforth says Renault boss:
Head of Renault Carlos Tavares has confessed it was a blunder to resurrect the hallowed Gordini brand back in 2010 just as a makeover for Twingos and Renaultsport Clios.
"A error was made," he told us. "Now what's forbidden is that people use the Gordini label on something else other than extreme track versions or rally versions of RS [Renaultsport] cars."
Along with several of you, we were not extremely impressed with the small-run Gordini-badged cars and said as much back in 2011.
The issue was chiefly that it did not add any additional power or alter the dynamics, while still bumping up the cost to close to 20,000 for the Clio and 15,000 for the Twingo.
Gordini bundles were little more than trimFor Renault the title is a near equivalent to Cooper for Mini, and the Gordini narrative began with a poor showing in Formula 1 in the 50s before as a Renault tuner gaining more success.
Tavares would not tell us that'll be the first Renaultsport automobiles to wear the brand new pride-injected label, but he did say the brand new Twingo, the brand new Clio and Megane is "where it's more natural". He isn't saying to the Renaultsport men, we have to have Gordini variants, but he's saying: "if you are doing an enhanced chassis, an enhanced engine and enhanced brakes", place this label on the rear. "That is the rule".
Next Gordinis will be appropriate performance variantsHe also said Renault was intending the return of Williams-badged cars: "We are open and excited to do particular Williams variants," he told us, without really saying a Clio Williams was in the works. With the appropriate return of the Renaultsport label and Gordini now very much promising a fun drive, maybe this is one functionality badge Renault should retire.
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