The second-generation Renault Twingo had a souped-up Renaultsport edition, so it’s no surprise that the facelifted Twingo, which made its debut in Frankfurt last year, is to get a similar job.

Called the Twingo R.S., the car retains the same 133 hp as before from a normally-aspirated 1.6 16V R.S. engine, with 160 Nm of torque on call. It’ll come as standard with a Sport chassis, but there’s an optional Cup chassis, which lowers the ride height by 4 mm. Other kit includes large 280 mm-diameter front and 240 mm-diameter rear brake discs, with the R.S. Monitor on-board telemetry system available as an option.

Exterior design cues include a dynamic grille design with four lights and a front bumper incorporating an F1-style blade – this detail, which now runs across the Renault Sport range, recalls Renault’s success in F1. At the back, there’s a tailgate-mounted lip spoiler, a special bumper incorporating a diffuser and aerodynamic extensions on the rear wheel arches.

A Design Pack is also available, and this one includes grey/dark gunmetal grey door mirror housings, F1 blade and R.S. lip spoiler, plus chrome details for the fog light surrounds. The hallmark Sirius Yellow finish will be available as an option from the end of May, and the car can also be specified with new 16-inch ‘Emotion’ alloy wheels, complete with ‘R.S.’-badged centre caps.

Inside, there’s the trademark Renault Sport yellow stitching on the steering wheel, seats and dashboard cowl, while the dashboard, radio console, rev-counter housing and lateral air vents all come with gloss black inserts. For further contrast, the top of the steering wheel, seat backs and cushions, rev-counter surround and manual climate control controls are picked out in white.

The Twingo R.S. goes on sale from the middle of next month in Europe, and will be marketed in 20 countries. There’s also a Gordini R.S. version to pick from, if the R.S. sounds a bit too flashy.