The hot Renaultsport Megane 250 will get a high-tech lap timer when it goes on sale in November. The Focus RS rival has been on show at Frankfurt sporting a "Renaultsport Monitor" display in the middle of the dashboard.
This function shows the demands being put on the engine and "real-time" performance of the unit. It also shows lateral acceleration, 0-60mph times, lap times and allows the driver to tweak the throttle mapping. A gearchange warning light is also built in.
The new model will come with either the standard sports chassis or the more extreme cup version, which also features a limited-slip differential. Power comes for a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, which produces 247bhp and 251lb ft of torque.
A hardcore version of the new Megane Renaultsport 250 has not been ruled out despite mediocre sales of the last-generation R26R model, Autocar has learned.
Launched as a stripped-out track day special of the previous Megane, the R26R was expected to reach 230 UK owners. But despite rave reviews, just 159 of them have been sold in Britain.