Megane Renaultsport 265


The wait is over for the fans of the Megane Renaultsport 265 in the UK as the French company announced sales of the hot hatch with a base price of £24,825.

The new version is boosted by an extra 15hp of power and 20Nm of torque. A new ‘Sport’ mode in the Renaultsport Dynamic Management system changes the exhaust note and also frees its full 265hp. You can also get the Cup package for the 265 for added sportiness.

Cup Chassis Pack on top-of-the-range 265 is £1,350, and adds 18” alloy wheels in matt black fitted 235/40 R18 95Y Michelin Sport 2 tyres, grooved brake discs, limited slip differential, red brake calipers, stiffer springs/dampers/anti-roll bars. It makes the car feel better to drive, but you have to compromise on ride comfort a bit.

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Renault  press release:

Mégane Renaultsport is powering on from the success of the multi award-winning 250 range with a new and improved model for 2012, packing more power and torque.

Open for customer ordering from today, Renault’s new performance flagships, Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup and 265 are priced £24,825 and £26,025 on-the-road. The key improvement on the second phase of the French brand’s halo model is a 15hp hike on its predecessor, plus an extra 20Nm torque, both released through the car’s Renaultsport Dynamic Management programme.

Compared to the previous model, the Renaultsport 265 boasts improved performance statistics, dispatching 0-62mph in six seconds exactly (instead of 6.1), with a top speed of 158 mph, up by an extra 2 mph. In everyday driving, its 360Nm is usefully available across a broad rev band between 3,000 and 5,000rpm. Its impressive power-to-weight ratio is also a hefty 191hp per tonne.

To achieve these gains, Renaultsport’s wizardry has seen the engine’s maximum turbo pressure uprated to 2.5 bar, up by 0.2, together with the air intake being revised to take account of the higher pressure and running temperatures.

Elsewhere, in either Cup form or with the optional Cup chassis specified on the range-topping 265, the new model retains the essence of the Mégane Renaultsport’s award-winning recipe, including the critically acclaimed Cup chassis (stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bar and grooved brake discs), mechanical limited slip differential, Brembo brakes, as well as the innovative PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension set-up, which virtually eliminates torque steer.

The brand new Mégane Renaultsport 265 range features a host of technological features, most notably the set-up for the Renaultsport Dynamic Management system which allows the driver to switch between two power settings. The default is 250hp/340Nm of torque for five per cent improved fuel consumption, while turning on the Sport mode boosts the Mégane up to 265hp/360Nm of torque for the ultimate Renaultsport experience. The Sport mode is activated simply via the ESC button and also enhances the car’s exhaust note.

Rounding off the equipment improvements, three new items appear on the options list. The first, Renaultsport ‘Red Design Pack’, apes much of the style of the limited edition 265 Trophy, with red striping on the front blade, rear diffuser and side protection mouldings for £350.

The second introduction is the Visio System by Renault which recently debuted on Scénic 2012, priced at £300. Assuming the driver has unintentionally lost concentration, possibly through fatigue, the system features a lane departure warning giving an audible and visual warning if he or she unintentionally crosses white lines in the road without indicating. The system can easily be switched off when not required. In addition, the new addition also incorporates an automatic high and low headlight beam when conditions allow. Not part of the system, but still of benefit in the new model is a ‘lane change function’ which is likely to prove ideal with motorway driving, giving three flashes to other road users simply through a quick flick of the indicator stalk.

The final addition in the trio is the option of a £360 new rear parking camera, combined with front parking sensors, to help protect Megane Renaultsport 265’s potent styling when manoeuvring and parking.

Naturally, a Cup Chassis Pack will be available on the more luxurious 265. Priced at £1,350 including VAT, it offers 18” alloy wheels in matt black, 235/40 R18 95Y Michelin Sport 2 tyres, grooved brake discs, limited slip differential, red brake callipers and stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.

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