With a heritage of iconic cars such as the R8 Gordini, 5 GT Turbo and Clio Williams, the Renault range has always featured affordable performance cars based on mainstream production models. Twingo Renaultsport 133 is latest car to enjoy that distinction.
Twingo Renaultsport 133 is the result of a dual challenge which sought to deliver a car with genuine sporting credentials at the affordable price of £11,550. It is a Renaultsport car through and through, and features the same ingredients that have helped forge the success of its larger siblings, the Clio and Mégane Renaultsport. These include specific styling, coupled with a chassis, engine and braking system engineered for a high standard of performance that is also suited to everyday use. Twingo Renaultsport’s release stems from a desire to broaden the access to the Renaultsport experience.
All retail customers who place an order for a Twingo Renaultsport 133 within the first 133 days of ordering opening will receive a voucher for a free place on a Renaultsport trackday in 2009 with driver tuition at either Brands Hatch, Oulton Park or Bedford Autodrome.
Twingo Renaultsport’s compact proportions and sharp styling echo the Twingo Concept show car which was a star of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The newcomer’s pedigree and sporty looks are highlighted by its bumpers, wider front and rear wings, and sculpted side skirts. Inside, the cabin has been tailored for focused sports driving, with Renaultsport front seats offering enhanced lateral support, plus aluminium pedal facings, leather steering wheel and rev-counter.
From launch, it will be possible to customise the car to owners’ individual tastes thanks to a range of exterior and interior Renaultsport accessories, as well as a multimedia connection point.
As suggested by its standard-fit fully disconnectable ESP, Twingo Renaultsport 133 delivers a genuinely sporting driving experience but is also suited to everyday use. Its finely balanced handling ensures it is fun to drive, while ensuring a particularly high standard of safety. As is the case with the Clio and Mégane Renaultsport, two chassis settings (standard and Cup) are available. Both benefit from wider front and rear tracks, while the main components of its powerful, durable braking system are sourced from higher segment models.
Twingo Renaultsport 133 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre 16V engine newly developed by Renault Sport Technologies. This powerplant gives out 133hp at 6,750rpm, with 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The unit’s punchy character is reinforced by a characteristic engine note which has been the focus of specific development. The four-into-one exhaust manifold has been fabricated to strike a perfect balance between acoustics, performance and low emissions.