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By Ben Pulman
05 October 2009 11:45
Renaultsport does a rather fine line in hot hatches. The outgoing R26R is amazing, the Clio 200 is brilliant, and we’re all fans of the tiny Twingo 133. And now there’s a new Renaultsport Twingo 133, the Cup.
Pen and paper at the ready, because things gets a little complicated. You can already buy a regular little Renaultsport Twingo 133 for £12,495, but there’s also a Cup chassis option. For £650 it adds 10% stiffer springs and dampers, reduces the ride height by 4mm, and adds 17-inch wheels and tyres in lieu of the regular 16s.
It’s the same set-up Renaultsport has with the Clio, whereby you can spec a regular 200, and then opt for a Cup chassis to sharpen things up. But on the Clio 200 there’s also the option of a lightened (and cheaper) Clio Cup. And now the Twingo is following suit.
The new Twingo Cup keeps the Cup chassis settings, but in comes a regular rear bench in place of the sliding back seats, while out goes the air-con, auto lights and tinted rear windows.
The reduction in equipment cuts 10 kilos from the Twingo’s kerbweight, and you’ll shed a few pounds yourself on a hot summer’s day when there’s no air-con to cool you down.
But the benefit of going without air-con is that you’ll save yourself a few quid. The new Twingo Cup costs £11,795, which means it’s £700 cheaper than a basic Renaultsport Twingo, and £1300 less than a Cup-equipped car, even though it retains the latter’s chassis.
Shell out another £150 and you can have the white paint, plus gloss black door mirrors, spoiler and bumper trims of our test car, while another £175 nets you the mean-looking black wheels.
>> Click 'Next' below to read more of our Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup first drive
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RE: Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup (2009) CAR review
I would like to see it compared to 106 gti. Although most fun of the small cars now, doubt it is more fun than 106. Electric steering, more weight, and less tail-happy probably. But, Renault should be applauded anyway, they are really trying. Also it seems new Clio 200 matured into something comparable to the heroes of the past!
06 October 2009 14:07
Looks like a mini-fridge by comparison to the sytlish Mini and Fiat 500 models. Renault has got to come up with something more witty than this as they're getting left behind the whole brand building (character) movement. Good luck trying to flog this run-of-the-mill hatch from the shadows in the meantime!
05 October 2009 22:22
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