Some people protest that the rest of the world gets really cool cars while we here in the U.S. are subjected to watered down versions of automobiles that are more fun to drive in other parts of the globe. Unfortunately for domestic drivers, Renault hasn’t sold a new car in the U.S. since the 1980s so we will never know the joy of driving a Twingo, just saying the name is fun. Adding to an already great product, the French manufacturer has decided to churn out a few stripped down lightweight examples of one of Europe’s favorite hot hatches.
Just like Hyundai’s upcoming Genesis Coupe R-Spec, the Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup is a more affordable variant of a sporty economy car that comes with a few key components that makes the more expensive models great while ditching a few unnecessary items to keep costs down. Aimed at delivering a more focused driving experience with less equipment and a lower price, the factory tuned Cup car will go on sale in places like Europe and South America starting in November, starting at around $17,000. The Renault Twingo RS 133 Cup keeps Renault’s optional sport suspension that lowers the car almost an inch and a half while incorporating firmer dampeners and a set of springs that are about ten percent stiffer than the factory coils. You also get a set of 17 inch lightweight aluminum alloys wrapped in sporty rubber, but you don’t get a few things like air conditioning and the Twingo’s signature sliding rear buckets; however you can get Glacier White bodywork with a few accents done up in glossy black.
Even though the RS 133 Cup has all the proper equipment to go fast around the bends, it is still powered by a 133 HP 1.6 Liter four cylinder and takes all of 8.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 MPH on its way to a 125 MPH top speed. Now those performance numbers aren’t quite that impressive, but we can guarantee you that it gets great gas mileage. Perhaps a few of these factory tuned lightweight econoboxes would go a long way towards breathing a healthy dose of fun into an automaker’s lineup while helping out their CAFE situation at the same time.
Press release after the jump.
Renaultsport’s reputation for producing the very best hot hatchbacks is well recognised and 2009 is turning out to be a vintage year, as the ‘Cup’ version of the Twingo Renaultsport 133 becomes the latest model to join the fold.
Following the strategy with the recently-launched Clio Renaultsport 200, the Cup version of its Twingo baby brother provides a more focused driving experience with less equipment and a lower price.
The Twingo Renaultsport 133 Cup is priced at £11,795, £700 less than the standard version. The Cup 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. Obviously, the Cup suspension pack is fitted as standard. Normally a £650 option on the regular 133, the Cup version is priced £1,350 less than a similarly-equipped car.
The Cup chassis offers handling to satisfy the demands of the enthusiast, offering optimum body control. The chassis rides 4mm lower than the standard Renaultsport setting and its lower centre of gravity improves in-corner performance thanks to reduced weight transfer. Tuned damper settings and higher spring rates (10 per cent stiffer front and rear) bring greater performance through improved body control. Anthracite-coloured 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels are equipped with Continental Sport Contact3 195/40 tyres.
Two new options are now available for both the Renaultsport 133 Cup and Renaultsport 133. The ‘Black and White’ Renault i.d. pack is £150 and offers Glacier White bodywork with gloss black finish to the door mirrors, rear spoiler and front bumper trims. Gloss black finish is available for the Cup 17” alloys wheels at £175.
The Twingo Renaultsport 133 Cup is available to order from 1st October and first deliveries are expected from November.