When it comes to hot hatchbacks, Renault knows what it’s doing like few other manufacturers.
Last night I drove home in its latest hot tot, the RenaultSport Twingo 133, the first we’ve tried without the ‘Cup’ chassis settings, optional at £650.
So while the Cup gets 17-inch alloys, the standard RenaultSport makes do with 16s, it sits 4mm higher and it has slightly softer springs and dampers. To say the Cup’s ride is a touch on the firm side is no little understatement, but there’s no denying how well screwed to the road it feels.
No surprise, the regular Twingo 133 is more compliant than the Cup. No surprise either, its body movements aren’t quite so well controlled. The core elements are still there but there’s a bit more slack, a bit less precision.
So should you tick the ‘Cup’ box? That depends on why you’re buying a 133. If you want a zippy hatch with plenty of zing the regular car should float your boat well enough, it still has the measure of any of its rivals- and it will certainly be a less wearing companion on long motorway journeys.
But if you’re a bit of a purist, the Cup is still the one to have.