Pricing and specification details for the latest high performance Renault have been announced.
The Mégane Renaultsport 250 promises to be the French company’s most focused hot hatch yet.
Some might say that accolade remains with the Clio V6, a mad, mid-engined version of the previous generation supermini; but that would be to confuse focused with mildly terrifying.
In recent years Renaultsport has developed a reputation for building some of the best handling front-wheel-drive cars ever created; the Mégane 250 seems certain to continue this trend.
It is available as a three-door only, but comes in two versions – the more luxurious standard Mégane 250 specification and the harder-edge but also less expensive Mégane 250 Cup.
The Cup variant, as is the norm with Renaultsport, features an even more aggressive chassis with stiffer suspension, slightly more powerful brakes, and a limited slip differential to help generate higher levels of cornering performance.
Renault is able to sell the Cup at a reduced cost by lowering the level of standard equipment. That said, it still comes with cruise control, speed limiter, Brembo brakes, rear parking sensors, specially calibrated three-stage stability control system and no less than eight air bags. The key absentee is air conditioning; Renault leaves this out to reduce weight.
High-tech Renaultsport Monitor
Choose the regular Mégane 250, and in addition to standard dual zone climate control you get leather trim, keyless go, heated front seats (including electric adjustment for the driver), auto lights and wipers, tyre pressure monitor and MP3 player integration. You can have the Cup chassis in combination with Recaro front seats for an additional £1,950.
Visually, the two are differentiated by the Cup’s black finished alloy wheels and red brake calipers. Both include the new Renaultsport Monitor, a centrally mounted display that gives engine performance details and gear-shift warnings, but also allows calibration of the throttle pedal response and can be set to relate acceleration and lap times. These features are unique in this segment.
A range of options are available, including Renault’s latest Carminat TomTom satellite navigation, and larger 19-inch alloy wheels.
Performance and pricing
The new Renaultsport Mégane 250 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 247bhp (250 European PS) and 250lb ft of torque (pulling power). It sprints from 0-62mph in just 6.1 seconds – as fast as the recently announced 261bhp Seat Leon Cupra R – and has a top speed of 156mph. It emits 195g/km CO2 while officially returning 33.6mpg combined.
You can order a new Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 from 1 November. The Cup costs from £21,995, the regular version from £22,995. Given the performance and equipment levels, this appears to represent excellent value. We’ll have our first drive verdict very soon.
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