Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup (2009) unveiled

Published: 29 September 2009

This is the new Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup, a special stripped-out version of the French car company’s brilliant little road rocket.

Isn’t there already a Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup?

Sort of. Renault currently sells the Twingo 133 for £12,495, and there’s a £650 Cup chassis option that adds 10% stiffer springs and dampers, a 4mm reduced ride height, plus larger 17-inch alloys.

But there’s now a lightweight Cup version, which comes with less equipment and thus costs less. So the new Twingo Cup still comes with the Cup chassis, but it loses the regular car’s independent sliding rear seats, air-con, tinted rear windows and auto lights.

The reduction in standard equipment saves 10kg, but where you’ll notice the savings is in your wallet. The new car costs £11,795, which is £700 less than the regular Renaultsport Twingo, but because it comes with the Cup chassis as standard it’s £1300 cheaper like-for-like.

The 1.6-litre engine stays the same, producing 132bhp and 118lb ft, but two new options are now available. You can spec your Twingo with white paint and gloss black door mirrors, rear spoiler and bumper trims for £150, while another £175 gets you the black wheels.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy