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Renaultsport-fettled Twingo represents the return of the old-school hot hatch. Hello old friend, we've missed you...

In hard times, so it’s no bad thing to be reminded that the low-carbon future that is imposing itself upon us it not without upsides. Cars will surely become smaller and lighter, but far from this removing fun, it seems likely that we’ll end up enjoying ourselves rather more. If it turns out that this Twingo Renaultsport 133 is in the vanguard of a new breed of small performance cars,  you’ll not hear us complaining.

Bloated kerb weights mean much of the magic conjured by, say, Peugeot’s 205 GTi is a dim and distant memory when you drive today’s hot hatches.

Renault has a good track record in building fast, fun and small hatchbacks

But Renault is convinced that the Twingo is the car to bring it back, and given that it’s the progeny of the same minds that created the Clio 197 and Megane R26R, two of our favourite sporting cars of any description, there’s no questioning its pedigree.

What seems more open to doubt is whether even the shining talents of Renaultsport can create a convincing makeover of a car, which is based on the underpinnings of the Mk2 Clio.

The RS Twingo is also available with a Cup chassis option that has 10 percent stiffer damping and springing, and an additional 4mm taken off its ride height.

Slightly confusingly, there’s also a version called Cup, which is an even more Spartan version of the standard car, trimming weight and increasing performance, thus gaining the 'Cup' tag that has been screwed on to Clios of a similar ethos. Naturally, this gets the usually optional Cup chassis as standard.

Renault Twingo Renaultsport 2008-2013 news

Renault working on hot new Twingo for 2015 launch
Early test mule of the hot Renault Twingo features a large air intake at the front
Renault working on hotter Twingo for 2015
No new Renault Twingo RS planned
Renault unveiled its new rear-drive Twingo at the Geneva motor show
No Renault Twingo RS planned
New Alpine Berlinette will take on the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster and could be rear-wheel drive
Paris motor show 2012: Alpine rebirth imminent
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Renault Twingo Renaultsport 2008-2013 First drives