When it comes to purchasing your very first sizzling hatch, there is a excellent possibility your 1st port of get in touch with will be anything with a Renaultsport badge. For most, the concentration is either to start out with an RS Clio or, if your finances allows, go for the far more potent and, for early products, additional realistic, RS Megane. However, these as soon as attainable vehicles are now extremely sought after by collectors and discovering 1 which is thoroughly clean with fairly reduced mileage is turning out to be ever more rare.
So now we switch our notice to the seemingly overlooked Renaultsport Twingo 133. A rapid look at the classifieds reveals a bunch of sizzling Clios and Meganes for sale. Heck, there are even 4 listings for Clio V6s at the time of writing, nevertheless the car we have here is the 1 of just 3 Twingo 133s currently for sale on PH. Is it mainly because they are a hidden gem and homeowners are hanging on to them for dear life? Possibly. But the point is there only are not that quite a few owners.
In spite of a incredibly lengthy (and possible high-priced) spot on Major Gear, Twingo 133s sold in the hundreds, not thousands. HowManyLeft puts the determine at just less than 600 in the car’s heyday again in 2010, however that is dropped to all around 430 currently. When you glimpse at the car’s pedigree, it looks a little odd that it wasn’t additional well known.
Probably it was that Renaultsport’s cute city automobile was positioned much too carefully to the Clio 197 on selling price. At £13,165 it was only close to £2,000 less costly than a new 197 at the time, which turns into relatively negligible unfold around a finance time period. Of course, for consumers, the automobile with a bit much more electricity is likely to earn out and handing about the extra couple of grand for a bigger automobile could appear like a no-brainer.
That being stated, the Clio 197 was a tad on the large facet and could not capitalise on the achievement of its 182 predecessor. In the meantime, the Twingo 133 was all over 200kg lighter at 1,050kg. It also adopted some bits and parts from the Clio 182, these as the rear-axle structure. Even the 1.6 motor was nicked from a Clio, albeit a common just one, with electrical power coming in at (you guessed it) 133hp courtesy of uprated camshafts. An optional Cup chassis reworked the suspension for a 10 for every cent improve in stiffness and a 4mm fall in journey peak. No, it just cannot match the Clio 197 on outright rate, but some say the Twingo is a little bit far more exciting in the bends.
The a person and only original 133 we have on the classifieds doesn’t show up to have the Cup chassis, but you should not dismiss it. Not only will the a bit softer suspension set up be a minimal a lot easier to live with, but it however has the very same electricity output and ultra-light-weight kerb pounds. We’re also digging the discreet glimpse with the regular 16-inch alloys and Mercury Silver metallic paint.
It is detailed at £3,995 and, to be fair, you can even now discover the odd Renaultsport Clio in this territory, but these will be significant-mile heroes with light modifications. This Twingo, although, has only coated 54,000 miles and recently experienced timing belt and water pump replacements. Pair that with an MOT that runs until February 2023 and you’ve received by yourself a shockingly rare sizzling hatch that’s determined for a B road blast. Tempting. Very tempting…
SPECIFICATION | RENAULTSPORT TWINGO 133
Motor: 1,598, 4-cylinder
Transmission: 5-velocity manual, front-wheel travel
Power (hp): [email protected],750rpm
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],400rpm
Yr registered: 2009
Recorded miles: 54,000
Price new: £13,165
Yours for: £3,995