R26 replacement will go on sale next month - see it at the 'Ring
16 October 2009

Renault’s new Megane 250 will cost from £21,995 for the hardcore Cup model when it goes on sale next month - and you can watch it now on video.

The new car will also be available with a less-compromised set-up called Sport, which will cost £22,995. Sport models also come with extra equipment over the Cup, such as leather, an electric driver’s seat and automatic lights and wipers.

Video - watch F1 driver Romain Grosjean drive the Renaultsport Megane 250 at the 'Ring

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Sport buyers can upgrade to a Cup chassis, which includes a limited-slip diff, stiffer springs, grooved brake discs and Michelin Pilot Sport tyres on satin black alloys. Renault claims a 15 per cent increase in stiffness over the Sport chassis.

Both models are powered by an upgraded version of RenaultSport’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, with 247bhp at 5500rpm and 340Nm at 3000rpm, and come with Renault’s Dynamic Management System that controls the ESP.

Drivers can choose from three modes; On, when traction control and ESP are fully operational, Sport, which delays their intervention, and Off, which turns the systems off altogether.

There is also the option to modify the way the throttle behaves. In Sport mode, drivers can choose from five settings – linear, normal, snow, sport and extreme – to change the way the car accelerates.

Renault has carried over its torque-steer limiting front suspension and steering set-up from the last Megane RS, but has used aluminium in some of the parts to cut weight.

The car’s straight line acceleration is on a par with the R26 R – it reaches in 62mph in 6.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 33.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of 195g/km.

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15 October 2009

Impressive figures/stats - looks promising on paper. However, anyone else agree that white cars are starting to look tarty/dated (again) - the influence/synergy of/with cool-looking white must-have products - iPods & iMacs etc - seems a tad passé?

15 October 2009

I sort of agree,some cars are ok the Megane doesn't, but the other pics show it orange a step in the right direction, maybe Renault should look at Seat's color palette for the Cupra and FR models some are quite bright, don't much like the alloys either(too 80's)

Peter Cavellini.

15 October 2009

Quite a price hike over the 225 though £23000 for a Megane is a little pricy and a bit too close to an S3, RS IMO. Leon Cupra looks very good value and the 210 FR a bargin, even the Focus ST for only a little less power is good value in comparison. It will indeed need to be an excellent car to justify the premium.

This year we do seem to have seen some quite large price hikes across the mainstream manufacturers as new products have hit the showrooms I know the pound is weak?????with

15 October 2009

Five thousand pounds cheaper than the focus RS. You could buy this car and then a used focus 5 seat 5 door aswell. makes you think.

15 October 2009

[quote 6th.replicant]However, anyone else agree that white cars are starting to look tarty/dated (again)[/quote]

I certainly do!

15 October 2009

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[quote 6th.replicant]However, anyone else agree that white cars are starting to look tarty/dated (again)[/quote]

I certainly do!

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I think it suits white, especially from the back and the side-The black accents at the front dont blend very well-Also if they had colour co-ordinated accents to the black alloys- like on the new DS it would look great. I cant understand though why makers persist with painting cars yellow,it looks like a banana. The only car maker that can get away with yellow cars are Ferrari, even Lambos look iffy in yellow

15 October 2009

[quote fuzzybear]I think it suits white[/quote]

It might work better on this Megane, but dreadful on cars like the Panamera or 7 Series (just look on the homepage), not to mention a Q7 - makes me think on Moby Dick.

15 October 2009

Renault seem to be launching a hardcore Megane every day of the week that has a D in it it seems.

Soon there will be one available in every 1 horsepower increment from 200bhp onwards

15 October 2009

Well in Renault's search for a more rigid platform, they have gone the route of the new Evora using a SLIT of a rear window to see out of!!!! Making three-quarter views of this near impossible when doing things like changing lanes. This is really poor design. Just take a look at pics of the rear interior shots to see this design joke.

The makers really have to address this major issue of creating cars without any way to see out. J

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