Thursday, 29 March 2012 3:27 PM
The jazzy Renault Twingo has enjoyed a facelift recently for 2012 and that new friendly face of compact Gaelic motoring now gets the Renaultsport works for quicker apex-clipping.
The upgraded little nipper is yours to order from dealerships from 2nd April, priced at £13,565 on-the-road, with the new motor ready to test drive towards the end of that month.
Changes to the facelifted Renaultsport version of Twingo are seen at the front with a sharp, blacked-out front grille design with four lights – ala rally car – and a front bumper featuring a motorsport-inspired “blade”. This blade detail now runs across the whole Renaultsport range and is said to celebrate Renault’s success in Formula 1; most notably powering the Red Bull champs with a pokey and reliable engine for the last few years.
Out back, the 133bhp Twingo enjoys several model-specific add-ons including a black rear spoiler, a special rear bumper incorporating a diffuser and aerodynamic extensions on the rear wheel arches. The 16-inch black alloys we see here are rather pleasant, too.
The more sporty theme continues to flow on the inside with Renaultsport yellow stitching on the steering wheel and seats, and white detailing for the top of the steering wheel, seat backs and cushions, rev-counter surround and air conditioning controls.
As standard for your £13,565 you’ll get Bluetooth, cruise control, electric Gloss Black door mirrors, ESC (with on/off switch), speed limiter, tinted windows and tailgate glass, and a Renaultsport exhaust with chrome tailpipe.
Options-wise, there are bigger, 17-inch Anthracite or Gloss Black alloy wheels for £500, curtain airbags for £250, metallic paint at £460, or this eye-popping Renaultsport Liquid Yellow paint for £1,300 (from end of May 2012).
There’s no change to the underlying performance of the new Twingo Renaultsport 133, with its 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated engine making 133bhp at 6,750rpm, with 160Nm of torque available at 4,400rpm. Top speed is still 125 mph, with 0-62 mph gone in 8.7secs.
This point and squirtiness costs 150g/km in CO2; a saving of 3.2 per cent compared to the outgoing car, and improved fuel consumption of 43.5mpg combined cycle, better by three per cent.