Just over five years since bursting onto the pocket rocket scene, the time has nearly come to say “au revoir” to the Twingo Renaultsport 133. Or, at least as we currently know it.

With a new Twingo being readied behind the scenes for launch next year, Renaultsport’s entry model is preparing to hang up its road and track boots.

The halo model in the iconic Twingo range first launched to Brits back in July 2008, with a total of 1,203 Twingo Renaultsports having found cherished homes in the UK since.

With its peppy, naturally-aspired 133hp 1.6-litre engine, revving to 6,750rpm at full tilt, and powering only 1050kg, its endeared itself to a whole host of admirers.

The single run out version, simply Twingo Renaultsport 133, is priced at £13,955, excluding the optional Cup chassis. Unsurprising then, that it was consistently hailed as the benchmark pocket hot hatch for the money, racking up multiple awards along the way, including Best Hot Hatch under £15,000 What Car? in 2010 and 2011.