This special creation from French custom car and motorcycle builder, Lazareth, is one heck of a creation. Evidently inspired by the competition Renault Megane Trophy and the Clio V6 Renault Sport, the Twingo Trophy is one of those cars that you’d be tempted to take for a spin even though it doesn’t make much sense.
The French tuner took a first-generation Twingo supermini and turned it into a pocket-rocket by throwing out the tiny, front-mounted standard engine and installing a Range-Rover-sourced 3,5-litre V8 with 134 kWbehind the front seats. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Of course, transforming a city car into a mid-engined sports car isn’t that simple. Lazareth had to modify the Twingo’s chassis by adding a rear tubular subframe, replacing the suspension and brakes, as well as widening the front and rear tracks, just to mention a few of the changes. It also rides on 18-inch Toora alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama slick tyres, with sizes of 230 up front and 320 at the back.
Other highlights include the matte gray exterior paint finish and the ‘sported-up’ interior that boasts a pair of MOMO bucket seats, sport steering wheel and new digital gauges. And the price for all this? Well, according to Lazareth’s site, the Twingo Trophy V8 could be yours for EUR70 000 or about R800 000. Who said that big boys’ toys are cheap?!