What’s you favourite road? I’ve always longed to have a strip of road that I could take my favourite cars to and really have a blast without getting caught behind some farm machinery or a ten-year-old Nissan Micra.
Last night, I was entrusted with the keys for our long term Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup for the evening and I set about on a quest to find a stretch of road I would want to return to again and again.
First up, it’s worth pointing out how fantastic the Twingo is. For someone of my age, I think this is all the car you could ever need. It’s powerful, but, crucially, you always feel in control.
I’m not the most experienced driver so having 131bhp going through the front wheels is enough for me to manage and stay on top of without worrying about parking it in a ditch. You never feel like the Twingo is going to bite back and do its own thing – you always feel in control and can feel what the car is doing and responding to your inputs.
And I doubt there would be too many 20-year-olds bothered about a firm ride when in return you get one of most attractive and fun-to-drive pocket-sized hot hatches on-sale.
After about an hour of driving firstly on the A3, and then around Chessington, Leatherhead and some places I’ve never even heard of, I’d got a bit downhearted and thought my quest would be an ultimately fruitless one.
But then, somewhere near Guildford, I turned off the main road into what can only be described as driver’s paradise. This road had everything – fast straights, tight bends, hills, long corners, short corners, scenery, you name it, it had it.
I didn’t once break the speed limit either – the Twingo and the road both knew their own limits and complimented each other perfectly.
After the best part of an hour going up and down this road, the light was going and I thought it was best to turn back. Even on the more restrained drive home, the Twingo raised a smile due to the amount of grip you can get driving around roundabouts, or blasting up slip roads.
You may have read in my biography below that I have a Ford Fiesta that qualifies for scrappage. Although I couldn’t really afford a new Renaultsport Twingo, I still found myself on Renault’s website this morning eyeing up what kind of deal I might be able to get on one. I really was that impressed. It’s gone straight to the top of my list of what my next car is going to be.