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2009 Renault Twingo Renaultsport 133 - (UK)

August 29th, 2008
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With a heritage of iconic cars such as the R8 Gordini, 5 GT Turbo and Clio Williams, the Renault range has always featured affordable performance cars based on mainstream production models. Twingo Renaultsport 133 is latest car to enjoy that distinction.

Twingo Renaultsport 133 is the result of a dual challenge which sought to deliver a car with genuine sporting credentials at the affordable price of £11,550. It is a Renaultsport car through and through, and features the same ingredients that have helped forge the success of its larger siblings, the Clio and Mégane Renaultsport. These include specific styling, coupled with a chassis, engine and braking system engineered for a high standard of performance that is also suited to everyday use. Twingo Renaultsport’s release stems from a desire to broaden the access to the Renaultsport experience.

All retail customers who place an order for a Twingo Renaultsport 133 within the first 133 days of ordering opening will receive a voucher for a free place on a Renaultsport trackday in 2009 with driver tuition at either Brands Hatch, Oulton Park or Bedford Autodrome.

Twingo Renaultsport’s compact proportions and sharp styling echo the Twingo Concept show car which was a star of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The newcomer's pedigree and sporty looks are highlighted by its bumpers, wider front and rear wings, and sculpted side skirts. Inside, the cabin has been tailored for focused sports driving, with Renaultsport front seats offering enhanced lateral support, plus aluminium pedal facings, leather steering wheel and rev-counter.

From launch, it will be possible to customise the car to owners' individual tastes thanks to a range of exterior and interior Renaultsport accessories, as well as a multimedia connection point.

As suggested by its standard-fit fully disconnectable ESP, Twingo Renaultsport 133 delivers a genuinely sporting driving experience but is also suited to everyday use. Its finely balanced handling ensures it is fun to drive, while ensuring a particularly high standard of safety. As is the case with the Clio and Mégane Renaultsport, two chassis settings (standard and Cup) are available. Both benefit from wider front and rear tracks, while the main components of its powerful, durable braking system are sourced from higher segment models.

Twingo Renaultsport 133 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre 16V engine newly developed by Renault Sport Technologies. This powerplant gives out 133hp at 6,750rpm, with 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The unit’s punchy character is reinforced by a characteristic engine note which has been the focus of specific development. The four-into-one exhaust manifold has been fabricated to strike a perfect balance between acoustics, performance and low emissions.

Twingo Renaultsport 133 has plenty in its favour to win over a new, young clientele.

MOTORSPORT IN ITS GENES

Renault has always been a major player in the world of motor sport and its record reveals a long list of successes in many legendary races and competitions. From the R8 Gordini and 5 GT Turbo to the Clio Williams, the Renault range has always featured sports versions of mainstream production models. The latest car to enjoy this distinction is Twingo Renaultsport 133.

Renault's motor sport heritage…
Ever since its creation in 1898, Renault has been a major player in the world of motor sport. It won the Paris-Madrid road race as early as 1903, won the first-ever Grand Prix in 1906, has notched up many memorable successes in rallying and endurance racing (1978 Le Mans 24 Hours) and has held several land speed records. It has also marked history with such bold innovations as the introduction of Formula 1's first turbocharged engine in 1977. Three decades on, Renault secured back-to-back FIA Formula 1 Constructors' titles in 2005 and 2006.

This commitment, anchored in Renault's DNA, is not simply founded on pumping up power outputs. "We have the privilege of addressing a demanding, enthusiast customer base and many of our competitors compete actively," points out Rémi Deconinck, the General Manager of Renault Sport Technologies. Buyers of Renaultsport vehicles are genuine enthusiasts, looking for a car that mirrors their personality.

These exceptional cars are derived from the Clio, Mégane and, now, Twingo ranges but have been developed by Renaultsport’s specialists who are experienced in the demanding world of motorsport.

In Europe, the Renaultsport brand benefits directly from the reputation of the World Series by Renault motorsport-based events which have attracted almost two million spectators since the programme’s creation in 2005. Renault is the only carmaker to run a free motor sport festival series of this sort.

A genuine community spirit has played a key part in the success of the World Series by Renault which makes a point of providing entertainment for all the family. A special welcome is also reserved for customers who attend World Series by Renault meetings with their own Renaultsport model or classic Renault.

"In emerging countries where Formula 1 serves as a locomotive for our brand's image and reputation," continues Rémi Deconinck, "the aim of Renault Sport Technologies is to showcase the tie that exists between motor sport and the brand's ability to deliver high performance motor cars." Renault Sport Technologies also has a role to play in Renault's international growth thanks notably to its experience as the world's biggest organiser of motor races.

…combined with Twingo's own DNA
Twingo Renaultsport 133 is the result of a dual challenge - delivering sports performance and equipment at an affordable price. It is a genuine Renaultsport model featuring the same ingredients that have forged the success of its larger siblings, Clio and Mégane Renaultsport; namely specific looks and a chassis/engine package that has been engineered for performance and efficiency. Twingo Renaultsport 133 forms part of Renault's bid to make the Renaultsport range accessible to an even wider public. It also marks an extension of the Twingo range aimed at meeting the demands of all its customers.

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