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The Top Gear car review:Renault Twizy
What is it like on the road?
The electric motor, powered by a lithium ion battery, puts out just 20bhp. Doesn’t sound like much, and it’s not, but a low 450kg kerbweight helps the Twizy make the most of it. A 0-60mph time isn’t quoted because it can’t reach 60mph, but then it doesn’t need to. The fact that Renault quotes a 0-30mph time (a scant 4.4secs) tells you all you need to know about where it is designed to perform.
And yes, it zips up to 30mph with alacrity, easily quick enough to keep up with traffic – and just about narrow enough to mimic a motorbike and nip through lanes of stationary cars. It’s just 1,191mm wide and can be parked nose-on to the kerb, like a Smart. Amusement doesn’t come from the usual sources – you’re not going to be raving about the steering or cornering ability – but you will love the feeling of being in it.