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The Renault Megane looks bland, and it's not that good to drive either

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24 July 2008

I wonder if this car is really as much fun as the article says. It sounds like a great track car, but not an everyday drive, which makes it only interesting to the real car enthusiast who can spend a whole lot of money on cars, but which one of these folks is really considering a Renault as their next purchase?

25 July 2008

[quote VelSatis23]It sounds like a great track car, but not an everyday drive[/quote]

How so?

It rides with more pliancy than a standard R26 and only produces a little more road noise (some of it desirable). Granted it's not a car for single car families with children but in every other respect it's just so tempting. Renault have a knack of producing brilliantly resolved, focused, fast hatchbacks (along with a lot of mundane fodder) and this is certainly one of them. I would have never considered a standard Megane 225 over say a Golf GTI but with each incarnation these quick versions have steadily improved (Trophy, Cup, F1, R26) and now this thing just blows me away and it makes a Mini GP's half hearted rear cross brace seem apologetic. Brilliant.

25 July 2008

[quote Honest Paul] Granted it's not a car for single car families with children but in every other respect it's just so tempting.[/quote] I read that the internal crossbars that take up the rear space are an option that can be removed. If you choose not to specify the roll bar, I wonder if that means you can get back seats fitted in lieu - making it a viable family car?

25 July 2008

[quote julianphillips]I read that the internal crossbars that take up the rear space are an option that can be removed. [/quote]

The half cage is a huge part of the appeal. Start deleting major components like this and you're most of the way back to a standard R26, missing the point altogether.

26 July 2008

And it 'beats, an M5 around the Nerd berg ring!! Oh my God, a 1200kg stripped out Renault hot hatch 'Beats' a near 2 tonne 4 door and by a whole second! Must be an ex-News of the World headline writer came up with that one. Oh and by the way, it didn't beat the M6 or M3 which they forgot to mention in the headlines but in did 'beat' the beloved Cayman. More biased Autocar reporting.

26 July 2008

[quote twinturbo]More biased Autocar reporting.[/quote]

I didn't read a 'biased' word in that entire article. I did read honest subjective assesment and factual figurative statement. But where was the bias?

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28 July 2008

[quote]And it 'beats, an M5 around the Nerd berg ring!! Oh my God, a 1200kg stripped out Renault hot hatch 'Beats' a near 2 tonne 4 door and by a whole second! Must be an ex-News of the World headline writer came up with that one. Oh and by the way, it didn't beat the M6 or M3 which they forgot to mention in the headlines but in did 'beat' the beloved Cayman. More biased Autocar reporting.[/quote]

Are you upset???

If im correct, the megane costs 1/3rd of a M5
the megane isnt exactly stripped out either
The M5 is a superb car, so its something to be proud of
as for Biased, if im correct doesnt one of the Autocar team own a M5???

29 July 2008

Sounds like Renault is going back to an earlier era for inspiration when the Gordini models were very much out and out club racers, that worked suprisingly well on the road.

I drove a Gordini replica for years on the road and have still have not found such an entertaining car since.

However judging by the comments received on the Megane that is a difficult idea to sell today, even when the lighter weight brings such obvious benefits.

Well done Renault for building it.

29 July 2008

[quote Honest Paul] didn't read a 'biased' word in that entire article. I did read honest subjective assesment [/quote]

Perhaps I should have said 'anti-BMW again. I would have thought 'beating' a Cayman would have more relevance than a 4 door saloon.Or an M3 but of course it didn't 'beat' an M3. And looking at the pictures the Renault looks stripped out to me or do they make 'em without rear seats??

29 July 2008

I've got to agree that this Megane is about as stripped out as you can go to and still be a viable daily drive. As for its Nurburgring laps I think that we should applaud and be awed that a 227bhp hot hatch can achieve such an extraordinary time, regardless of whether it beats a Cayman or not.

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