Renault and Subaru have both launched new performance models for 2006.
Renault used the motorsport-orientated Autosport Show in Birmingham to show its 2006 Mégane Renaultsport line-up. Standard equipment has been improved across the range, to include climate control, full leather interior and an improved hi-fi in the Renaultsport 225.
Renault also used the motorsport-orientated event to reveal its catchily-named ‘Mégane Renaultsport 225 Renault F1 team special edition’. The car’s potent engine remains unchanged, but it features the Cup Chassis (including Brembo front brakes, disconnectable ESP, exclusive Dunlop tyres and uprated dampers and springs), as well as new 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, Recaro front seats, special decals and a numbered plaque. It costs £19,500.
Subaru, meanwhile, unveiled its ‘discreet’ Impreza designed for those who want the car’s performance with more restrained exterior styling.
The Impreza WRX STI spec.D features a smaller boot spoiler, silver 17-inch alloy wheels (instead of gold), black leather interior, black carpet (instead of blue), extra sound deadening and a lower front grille.
Its equipment list also includes a satellite navigation system and an upgraded 200W Pioneer sound system with Bluetooth hands-free kit and iPod adaptor.
Fitted with the 2.5-litre flat-four engine from the regular Impreza WRX, the new model will cost £28,495 when it hits UK showrooms in March.