What is it?
Depends how you look at it. In one way this Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup 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.
On the other hand it is a de-specced hot Twingo, a cheaper entry into the world of RenaultSport. Air conditioning, automatic headlamp and wiper operation and tinted rear windows have all been binned and a one-piece bench finds its way into the rear in place of the complex independent sliding back seats.
Let’s face it, the Cup isn’t quite ready for Group N status but the changes have to be worth a few kilos (the Clio 197 Cup lost 20kg with similar omissions) and add kudos to the lairy-looking baby Renault.
The big news, however, is the savings to your wallet. The 133 Cup costs £700 less than the standard version, but naturally comes with the Cup chassis pack thrown in, which is normally a £650 option.
With just 270 Twingo Renaultsports finding UK owners this year – 30 per cent of total Twingo sales – Renault will be hoping the reduced price will help to shift a few more units, too.
The 133 Cup also introduces the new ‘Black and White’ Renault i.d. pack option, with ‘Glacier White’ bodywork and gloss black finish to the door mirrors, rear spoiler and front bumper trims for £150. The Cup 17-inch alloy wheels can also be painted gloss black for a further £175.
What’s it like?
Official figures for the Twingo Cup’s diet programme don’t exist, so working out any performance gains cannot be done on paper. On the road at first it doesn’t seem that much easier, with no obvious hike in poke, but give it time and the Twingo Cup shows up a little newfound verve.
Admittedly the Cup badges create a placebo effect, but a touch less inertia gives a slightly smoother power delivery, ironing out the initial hesitancy low down in the rev range. The needle seems to zip round to the 7000rpm limit a nanosecond quicker too, releasing that addictive rasp at the 6750rpm peak power a little sooner.