Latest model offers all the performance with less toys
29 September 2009

Renault has added a new version of its Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup to the hot hatch range.

The latest model keeps the same 131bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and Cup suspension set-up as its higher-specced sister model, but it does without air conditioning, automatic headlamp and wiper operation, extra tinted rear windows and features a one-piece bench in place of the usual independent sliding rear seats.

See the high-res Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup picture gallery

This means buyers get all of the performance and dynamics of the more expensive car, but for £700 less.

The Cup chassis rides 4mm lower than the standard Renaultsport set-up, and it gets tuned damper settings and 10 per cent stiffer spring rates at the front and rear.

It gets 17-inch aluminium wheels, which can now be coated in gloss black paint as a £175 option. The Galcier White paint pictured here is also available as a £150 option for all Renaultsport Twingo models.

The Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup costs £11,795 and it will be available to order from 1 October. Deliveries are expected to start at the beginning of November.

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29 September 2009

Sounds like another great little Renault.

Slightly off topic, Anyone else noticed now white is becoming fashionable again, more and more manufacturers are charging for it. I doubt for one moment it costs any more to make.

29 September 2009

[quote artill]Anyone else noticed now white is becoming fashionable again, more and more manufacturers are charging for it.[/quote]

I thought that was a bit of a surprise. If it's an ordinary white rather than some sort of pearlescent nonsense it does seem to be taking the mickey a bit. After all, every manufacturer knocking out white vans, including Renault, gets through tankerfuls of the stuff.

29 September 2009

[quote artill]

Slightly off topic, Anyone else noticed now white is becoming fashionable again, more and more manufacturers are charging for it. I doubt for one moment it costs any more to make.

[/quote]You can thank Apple for that - making white popular again and at the same time charging a hefty premium for it.

29 September 2009

Might be a nice car, but almost £12k for a stripped out eastern European hatchback, don't think so, I think 1.6 Minis are expensive but at least they come with A/C, white paint and a split seat.

29 September 2009

[quote 230SL]

Might be a nice car, but almost £12k for a stripped out eastern European hatchback, don't think so, I think 1.6 Minis are expensive but at least they come with A/C, white paint and a split seat.

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Agreed.

This is a 5 year old 3 grand car in the Autotrader coming to a Tesco's car park near you 4 up all wearing baseball caps and Reebok Classics. A whole generation of 16 year old females, from council estates, will end up getting knocked up in the back of one of these.

How depressing to be able to predict where the creation of a whole degenerative sub species will be spawned from. Not only did they cheat in the F1, Renault are also responsbile for the stagnation of the human gene pool.

Bastards.

29 September 2009

[quote Autocar]This means buyers get all of the performance and dynamics of the more expensive car, but for £700 less.[/quote]

i have to completely disagree with this analysis, buyers get more performance and better dynamics than the more expensive car, which is a fundamental shift in direction. and £700 cheaper. the power to weight ratio is improved, acceleration faster, braking sharper, cornering more grip etc. and thats if it didnt even have the uprated suspension. so it will be even better again.

so yes i'm in favour of cupness.

29 September 2009

4car echoes the same comments as me plus also highlighting its value more:

"The Cup suspension pack is fitted as standard and since it is a £650 option on the regular 133, the Cup buyers effectively save a total of £1,350.

The Cup chassis offers handling to satisfy the demands of the enthusiast. It rides 4mm lower than the standard RenaultSport setting and its lower centre of gravity promises improves in-corner performance thanks to reduced weight transfer."

come on autocar, i'm eager for you to improve.

29 September 2009

[quote plumiestparts]How depressing to be able to predict where the creation of a whole degenerative sub species will be spawned from.[/quote]

[quote plumiestparts]Renault [/quote]

Be fair their Grandparents were at it in XR2s and the little Citroen Saxo has a lot to answer for.

29 September 2009

Don't feed the trolls!

There will always be a place for a cracking little Renault warm hatch. A nice stepping stone in your early twenties as the no claims discount builds up.

29 September 2009

[quote FriendlyFisherman] A nice stepping stone in your early twenties as the no claims discount builds up.[/quote]

As were the XR2 and the Saxo VTR (in fact didn't you get free insurance with the little Citroen at one point?)

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