Inside you get supportive bucket seats, lots of sporty trimmings and kit that includes dual-zone climate control. Renault's rather clunky R-Link infotainment system includes sat-nav as standard now, and the latest Renaultsport Monitor pack - the brand's software conduit for a mountain of telemetry data - is equipped with enough graphical muscle to keep you amused in the pit lane (or on the driveway) for quite some time. Out on the road or track however, no electronic assistance is required to keep you interested.
Some cars get a bit unruly with the traction control disengaged, suggesting the systems have a bit of a sticking-plaster role. Not so the 265. Press the hidden-away RS button once and the default 247bhp turns into 261bhp, simultaneously loosening the ESP strictures.
Keep it pressed and all traction and stability aids are extinguished and the 265's true character can show through. Like all the best hot hatches, pedalling it furiously feels like a natural, progressive step; the Mégane is about as friendly as a front-drive car capable of almost 160mph can be, tucking in beautifully as you come off the brakes and turn, drifting all-of-a-piece if the entry speed was too ambitious, nailing the torque to the road as you spear towards the exit and the diff does its stuff.
It's the sort of car that helps you out, waits for you to act, works with you without imposing an agenda. And it's mighty rapid: there's just enough compliance in the Cup chassis - even on optional 19-inch wheels - to keep the tyres in constant contact with gnarled British roads, and enough lateral grip from its beefy footprint to fully expedite the engine's dramatic final 1000rpm.
Arguably the steering could do with being a mite quicker, and despite retaining non-steering front struts with separate hub carriers on an outboard axis, there is still a discernible smidge of torque tug to work through.
But you'll hardly find time to complain. Few cars, including those far distant from the Mégane's asking price, equal its conviction that hard and flat-out fast are the only way to driving enlightenment.
Confined to a road, fewer still compel you to find - and exploit - their outer limits with such a faultlessly friendly disposition.
As rollocking entertainment goes, the Cup-fettled 265 remains the hot hatch to buy. Even if Renault does call it a coupé.