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August 29th, 2008
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Twingo Renaultsport 133 is the response of Renault Sport Technologies' experts to the double challenge of delivering sports performance in a package that remains affordable and suitable for everyday use. The standard-fit, disconnectable ESP forms part of this brief. Twingo Renaultsport's balanced sports handling ensures that the new car is easy and fun to drive, in addition to combining performance with a high standard of safety. The two Renaultsport chassis settings (standard and Cup) benefit from wider front and rear tracks than the Twingo GT, while the powerful, durable braking system is sourced from higher segment models. In day-to-day use, passengers will appreciate the roomy, modular cabin and generous boot space that are hallmarks of Twingo, the A-segment benchmark in these domains. Twingo Renaultsport 133 is also fitted with independently sliding rear seats.

Pleasure and safety in day to day use
Twingo Renaultsport 133 delivers genuine driving enjoyment in total safety. Its responsive, finely balanced chassis benefits from the existing, excellent suspension and running gear already seen on New Twingo and Clio Renaultsport 197. Its set-up offers precise sports handling and ESP is standard to enable the driver to stay in control in situations where grip is lost. The ability to disconnect the ESP and absence of EBA (emergency brake assist) underpin Twingo Renaultsport's sports credentials, while its electric power steering has been calibrated to ensure precise, instantaneous response to the driver's steering inputs.

A composed, balanced platform
Like Clio and Mégane Renaultsport, the newcomer offers two chassis setting options: standard and Cup. In both cases, track has been widened by 60mm at the front and by 59mm at the rear compared with Twingo GT. These modifications improve stability and lateral grip.

The front suspension is a pseudo-MacPherson type arrangement, with aluminium lower arms. The adoption of pushrods on the dampers improves the performance of the anti-roll bar for even better body control.
Twingo Renaultsport's rear suspension is based on an H-type programmed deflection rear beam. To improve ride and comfort, the dampers are mounted vertically and coupled with variable rate coil springs. The 24mm diameter rear anti-roll bar (compared with 22.5mm on Twingo GT) brings a stiffness gain of 25%. The anti-roll front/rear performance split has been calibrated to improve rear-end agility for extra enjoyment and also enhance the overall sports performance of the chassis.

Standard Renaultsport chassis: nimble and responsive
The standard chassis has been engineered for the best and safest balance between driving enjoyment and performance. Compared with Twingo GT, it features a lower centre of gravity thanks to a 10mm lower ride-height. Stiffer springs (plus 30 per cent compared with Twingo GT) and uprated dampers (also plus 30 per cent) contribute to the car’s sporty handling, while firmer bushing has enhanced directional precision front and rear. The Twingo Renaultsport 133’s chassis is also fitted with generously-proportioned Continental Sport Contact3 tyres (195/45 R16).

The performance-focused Cup chassis
Twingo Renaultsport 133 is also available with a Cup chassis at £650 for incisive handling and maximum driving enjoyment. In this configuration, Twingo Renaultsport offers handling to satisfy the demands of the enthusiast. This chassis offers optimum body control and its natural home is on the track, where flat cornering and improved cornering speed demonstrate its effectiveness.

The Cup chassis rides another 4mm lower than the standard 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 better body control.

The Cup chassis-based Twingo Renaultsport can be identified by its anthracite coloured 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels equipped with Continental Sport Contact3 195/40 R17 tyres engineered for efficiency.

Powerful, durable stopping power
Twingo Renaultsport 133 benefits from Renaultsport’s braking expertise to deliver powerful, durable stopping power combined with a reassuringly progressive brake pedal feel. Twingo Renaultsport 133 is equipped with the same discs as Mégane II (280mm diameter vented fronts, plus 240mm diameter rears), New Laguna-sourced front callipers and Mégane II rear callipers.

Segment leading cabin space and flexibility
In day to day use, passengers will appreciate the roomy, modular interior and spacious boot, all hallmarks of Twingo which stands out as the A-segment benchmark in these domains.   As is the case for Twingo, this new hot hatch offers a smart system that comprises two independent, sliding rear seats featuring fore-aft travel of 220mm. The different options made possible by the modular interior enable boot volume to expand from 165 litres VDA (with the rear seats in their rearmost position; a layout which favours rear passenger comfort), to 285 litres VDA (rear seats in their foremost position to favour boot space), and even 959 litres VDA with the independent seats folded and tipped forward.

Twingo Renaultsport 133 consequently boasts the biggest boot volume for a vehicle of its size. The same seats offer rear legroom of up to 230mm, which is equivalent to that of models from the next segment up.

Insurance Group
The Twingo Renaultsport 133 has been awarded a 8E rating by the ABI (Association of British Insurers).

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