Renault runs rule over pocket-rocket Twingo
Order books open this weekend for the facelifted version of Renault’s Twingo Renaultsport 133.
Changes focus on the styling of the car, though its economy and emissions are slightly improved.
The front end is now in the style of the latest stock Twingo though it also gets a new grille design with four lights and a front bumper incorporating an F1-style blade.
This is now a style cue for the full Renaultsport range and is intended to reflect Renault’s Formula 1 programme.
Specific rear-end additions to the Twingo range-topper include a black spoiler, a bespoke bumper incorporating a diffuser and aerodynamic extensions on the wheel arches.
Renaultsport touches on the inside include yellow stitching on the steering wheel and seats, together with white detailing for the top of the steering wheel, seat backs and cushions, rev-counter surround and air conditioning controls.
Also standard on the Twingo Renaultsport 133 are 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, electric Gloss Black door mirrors, a disconnectable ESC, speed limiter, extra tinted windows and tailgate, Renaultsport exhaust with chrome tailpipe, plus sliding and folding rear seats.
No performance changes have been made to the mechanics – the car still uses a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated 131bhp engine, with 118lbft of torque on tap at 4,400rpm. The car goes from 0-62mph and on to 125mph.
Subtle tweaks have improved CO2 emissions by 3.2 per cent to 150g/km, a saving of 3.2 per cent and fuel consumption to 43.5 mpg combined, a three per cent gain.
Options include 17-inch Anthracite or Gloss Black alloy wheels for £500, curtain airbags for £250, or metallic paint at £460. The distinctive Renaultsport Liquid Yellow i.d. paint for £1,300 will be available from the end of May.
The Renaultsport Monitor telemetry system is also available at £125 while a single exterior pack is offered – Anthracite Style – for the front blade, door mirrors covers and rear spoiler, priced at £150.
Performance fans, however, will most likely want the optional Cup chassis at £700. Included are a ride height lowered by 4mm, stiffer springs and dampers, 17-inch Anthracite or Gloss Black alloy wheels and wider 205/40 R17 tyres.
Cost of the new Twingo Renaultsport 133 is £13,565.
Words by: Andrew Charman