7. Renault Twingo GT[Not a valid template]
Easily the most random model on our list but one we just couldn’t ignore. For starters, Renault took great pains to reference its ‘unique expertise in making sports cars’ in the lead up to its Twingo GT tease, as well as the ‘different challenge’ involved in developing the third generation Twingo. Let’s bear in mind that the new GT is powered by the same 89bhp 898cc TCe three-cylinder as its base model and produces just 19bhp more for further ‘driving enjoyment’.
But what the hell, it’s fun, and it’s tweaked pretty much the united interest of everyone at crankandpiston.com (even if we wouldn’t necessarily admit that over dinner). Performance figures have yet to be revealed although Renault intimates a 0-100kph time over just under 10 seconds. Yes, exciting stuff, but there’s also chassis, suspension and five-speed manual gearbox tweaks to consider. Styling cues have also been based on the Twin’Run concept from 2013 in case you were wondering where those twin stripes and bespoke 17in alloys came from.
If for some extraordinary reason though the new 108bhp Twingo GT is of no interest to you, Renault will also be showcasing the new Renault Sport Clio R.S.16, plus Formula 1 drivers Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen. Presumably without surfboards this time…