Hardcore Megane R26-R loses glass windows, rear seats and 125kg
5 June 2008

These are leaked pictures of the new Renault Megane R26-R - the most extreme Megane ever - which will debut at the London motor show in July. The R26-R is a road-legal, track-focused model that will be stripped down to reduce weight. It will have just two bucket seats, polycarbonate windows, a carbonfibre bonnet and a slimmer exhaust system. The changes ensure that the limited-edition model weighs 125kg less than a regular R26.The R26-R uses Renault’s 2.0-litre turbo engine with the same 227bhp and 229lb ft of torque as the normal model. But the R26-R races to 62mph in around six seconds, half a second quicker than the R26, and is likely to have much harder suspension, firmer damping and better brakes. The R26’s limited-slip diff and six-speed gearbox stay, but a short-throw gearshift will be introduced. The 18-inch alloys are likely to be available in either red or black. Options will include a competition roll cage, a lighter titanium exhaust and race-compound tyres for track enthusiasts. The R26-R should go on sale this year, at a cost of around £24,000.

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5 June 2008

125kg is pretty impressive, sounds like a serious effort. I wonder how much of the improved performance comes from the red wheels though? ;)

(I can't decide if they look good or just plain silly).

5 June 2008

They look different and thats what it is all about to me, I mean if I was buying the top version I would want others to differentiate it from the standard R26.

Love it.

Never thought I would say that about a Renault.

What is the choice on colour schemes?

5 June 2008

A bit too hardcore for me. I am not sure it will sell awfully well at the price either.

5 June 2008

As an owner of the current R26 (I must say what a machine) i think that this is great, i like everything they have done to the car. I wont be having one though as the loss of back seats is a problem to me.

Well done Renault for making another mad vehicle keep up the good work.

5 June 2008

[quote MatthewR26]Well done Renault for making another mad vehicle keep up the good work. [/quote]

Agreed, enough said really.

5 June 2008

[quote Jon Hardcastle]

[quote MatthewR26]Well done Renault for making another mad vehicle keep up the good work. [/quote]

Agreed, enough said really.

[/quote]

Yep - I loved the 2nd generation Megane when it came out and everyone said Renault were bonkers then.

5 June 2008

Yep, I have to say I generally dislike French cars due to many things I don't even need to speak about; however the sport versions of the Megane do tickle the senses for me. I have test driven one and they are superb at everything they do, although there are some niggles about quaility of build at least in my experience.

If I was a playboy though who had loads of money and could afford a 2nd car I'd probably go for one of these for weekend track day racing at nordschleife, hell I'd buy all my mates one as well so we could start our own R26-R cup lol!

Other than for track racing though, I think this car is a little too focused for me to use as a daily driver and I think that goes for most people... I'd love to have a go though, I bet it goes like stick on the circuit!

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