Renault unveils new Megane Renualtsport models

Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S

Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-SHot hatch enthusiasts can now enjoy all the thrills of the multi-award-winning, high-performance Mégane Renaultsport

at a more affordable price with the introduction of the new 275 Cup-S. It is on sale immediately priced at £23,935.

The Mégane Renaultsport line-up also sees another new version – the 275 Nav – that replaces the outgoing 265. As the name suggests it has 10hp more than the model it replaces. It comes with a more luxurious level of specification and is priced at £25,935.

Both new Mégane Renaultsport versions are powered by the same 2.0-litre, 275hp turbocharged petrol engine as the limited-edition 275 Trophy-R which, in June 2014, shattered the lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car around the 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7 minutes 54.36 seconds.

Following in the footsteps of previous Renaultsport models to carry the ‘Cup’ moniker, the 275 Cup-S features the uprated Cup chassis as standard whilst sporting a lower price tag than the 275 Nav in exchange for some of its sibling’s higher specification items.

Owners who wish to sharpen the car’s responses to an even higher level, and particularly for track use, can specify a series of components developed between Renaultsport and world-renowned performance specialists.

The Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S

The heart of any high-performance car is its engine, which in this case is a Renaultsport-developed 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. In normal mode it develops 250hp at 5,500rpm for comfortable everyday performance driving, but through the Renaultsport Dynamic Management system this can be increased to 275hp for truly scintillating response. At the same time there is maximum torque of 360Nm, available across a broad rev band from 3,000 to 5,000rpm. The gearbox is a slick-shifting six-speed manual with ratios chosen to maximise the dynamic performance of the engine.

Acceleration from 0-62mph is attainable in 6.0 seconds and the top speed is 158mph. Yet this EU6-compliant powerhouse also addresses today’s concerns about fuel efficiency and emissions. With the aid of the Stop&Start engine cut-off system it has an NEDC combined fuel economy of 37.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of 174g/km.

The Renaultsport Dynamic Management system which gives access to the full 275hp has three modes linked to the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In Normal mode the car develops 250hp and has standard throttle mapping with the ESC fully on. Sport mode raises the power to 275hp and has sport throttle mapping and later ESC intervention. Race mode also delivers 275hp with sport throttle mapping, but switches off the ESC completely.

The focused and finely-honed nature of the Mégane Renaultsport models continues to be evident in the PerfoHub double-axis front suspension, which sets them apart from the rest of the Mégane range. This has been engineered to overcome the drawbacks commonly associated with powerful front-wheel-drive cars, such as self-steering input through tight corners and poor straight-line stability. The 275 Cup-S also has the proven Cup Chassis Pack with mechanical limited-slip differential, red paint on the Brembo four-pot brake calipers, firmer springs and dampers and a stiffer anti-roll bar, making it ideal for circuit use.

The Mégane Renaultsport 275 Nav

The second model in the new Mégane Renaultsport line-up is the 275 Nav, which delivers identical performance to the 275 Cup-S from the same engine, but has a specification more suited to everyday road driving.

The 275 Nav is fitted with the standard ‘Sport’ chassis, which still provides a formidable degree of handling finesse and precision, but has more compliant suspension. Standard wheels are the 18-inch ‘Tibor’ alloy wheels with a satin anthracite finish and Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres whilst the Cup Chassis Pack is available as an option.

Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S

The 275 Nav builds on the specification of the 275 Cup-S with additional standard features such as automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, hands-free keycard entry system, rear parking sensors with colour camera, extra tinted rear side windows and tailgate, a sunvisor with illumination, chrome Renaultsport door sill plates, a 4x35W sound system and the R-Link v2 multimedia and navigation system with live traffic updates.

A unique option on the 275 Nav is the Renaultsport Leather Pack with heated front seats, carbon grey Renaultsport leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and adjustable lumber support. Leather Recaros are an option on both the 275 Cup-S and the 275 Nav.

Both versions are available in standard Glacier White or six metallic colours: Arctic White, Diamond Black, Mercury Silver, Titanium Grey as well as the new Flame Red – first seen on the Clio – and the iconic Liquid Yellow.

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