New 2010 Renault Twingo Gordini Renaultsport

Renault has announced the new Twingo Gordini Renaultsport which will debut at the Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées, in Paris on January 10, 2010. As previously announced, the little Twingo marks the revival of the successful Gordini/ Renault partnership.

Gordini touches have been restricted to styling which is characterised by the combination of French blue and white racing stripes on the exterior. A choice of two paint colours, Malta Blue or Pearlescent Black metallic will be made available. The tyres are encased in 17-inch alloy wheels with a polished face and a black inner rim. Buyers can specify a 'Cup' chassis with a lower ride height, stiffer springs and dampers as well as the same 17-inch alloy wheels but with Malta blue inner rims instead.

The 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine was not tweaked and remains at 98kW (133hp). But the exhaust note is especially tuned to give a throaty note under acceleration. The steering wheel offers good feedback and is precise according to the Renault statement.

Other Gordini features include blue and black Gordini-embossed leather seats, blue leather door panel inserts, blue gearlever gaiter and Gordini-badged gearlever knob and a blue rev counter with white surround. Additional equipment from the Renault shelf includes automatic climate control, cruise control, a radio/ CD/ MP3 player and a fully disconnectable ESP system.

UK sales will commence in March 2010, not long after prices are announced.

MEC Design SLS AMG Design Proposals

The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG supercar only goes on sale next year but already German tuner MEC Design has presented three design studies for it. Although the styling packages depict what might be the final look, nothing has been decided yet.

"We're very excited about the SLS," said MEC Design CEO Cem Altun. "It's already becoming a classic just like the 300 SL Gullwing. These first studies have received a lot of good feedback and now we just can't wait to get our hands on one."

The first is a front-end canvas featuring a new front bumper with a deep mesh grille and curved side air inlets. Here the Mercedes-Benz three-point star was shifted up to just above the grille in similar fashion to the old SLR McLaren. New side skirts with integrated lighting and 22-inch bi-coloured wheels are proposed.

The second car also concentrates on the front end. It is finished in a golden yellow colour and features three-piece 22-inch wheels. Most of the interior is left untouched apart from the carbon fibre/ Alcantara MEC Design sports steering wheel.

The last design focuses on the rear. A dramatic MEC Design diffuser is fitted as well as a rear spoiler and branded exhaust system with oval chrome tips. The latter promises amazing sound.

Ford GT Geiger HP 790 Revealed

GeigerCars has unveiled their new performance package for the Ford GT.

Dubbed the Geiger HP 790, the package features a larger 4.0-liter compressor (up from the stock 2.3-liter unit), new throttle valves, a sports air filter, improved cooling systems, and revised engine electronics. Thanks to these changes, the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 produces 790 horsepower and 863 Nm of torque. This allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 9.6 seconds, and 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) in 22.8 seconds. If you keep your foot planted, you'll eventually hit the car's top speed of 360 km/h (224 mph).

Other performance tweaks include a specially-developed coilover suspension (which reduces the ride height by 60mm), a sports exhaust system with two 110mm tail pipes, and massive matt black wheels (9x20 front, 11x21 rear) outfitted with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.

As you may recall, Geiger's original tuning package for the Ford GT (with a 3.3-liter compressor) produced 701 bhp (523kW) and 837 Nm of torque. It ran from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the HP 790) and hit a top speed 340 km/h (211 mph)