From £23,730
For £900 more than the Cup you get plenty of extras. Worth consideration if you can live with the colour and decals.

Our Verdict

Renault Megane Renaultsport
The Renaultsport 265 is the hot version of Renault's Focus-rivalling hatchback

Can the Renault Mégane 265 uphold the Renaultsport reputation?

10 March 2006

What's new? It’s a special-edition Mégane to celebrate Renault’s wins in the Formula One drivers’ and constructors’ championships. It has new ‘Ultra Blue’ paintwork, decals, black alloys and £1450-worth of extras over the Mégane Cup for a £900 premium. Each F1 also gets a numbered plaque, but perhaps mindful of the Clio Williams – which was followed by the Williams 2 and, er, 3 editions (to the chagrin of owners of the supposedly rare first edition) there is no upper production limit.What’s it like? The turbocharged four-pot engine is willing and has a super response, while the chassis, which is a bit fidgety around town, is fabulous on back roads. The car feels secure and planted, with good steering feedback and a positive gearbox. It’s raucous, engaging and exciting. It’s even a bit more luxurious than standard, with climate control, superb Recaro front seats and a stereo upgrade.Should I buy one? Should make any hot hatch shortlist – if you can live with the colour and decals, that is. Otherwise, the regular Cup is still a good bet. 

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