For £900 more than the Cup you get plenty of extras. Worth consideration if you can live with the colour and decals.

What's new? It’s a special-edition Mégane to celebrate Renault’s wins in the Formula One drivers’ and constructors’ championships. It has new ‘Ultra Blue’ paintwork, decals, black alloys and £1450-worth of extras over the Mégane Cup for a £900 premium. Each F1 also gets a numbered plaque, but perhaps mindful of the Clio Williams – which was followed by the Williams 2 and, er, 3 editions (to the chagrin of owners of the supposedly rare first edition) there is no upper production limit.What’s it like? The turbocharged four-pot engine is willing and has a super response, while the chassis, which is a bit fidgety around town, is fabulous on back roads. The car feels secure and planted, with good steering feedback and a positive gearbox. It’s raucous, engaging and exciting. It’s even a bit more luxurious than standard, with climate control, superb Recaro front seats and a stereo upgrade.Should I buy one? Should make any hot hatch shortlist – if you can live with the colour and decals, that is. Otherwise, the regular Cup is still a good bet. 

Matt Prior

Matt Prior
Title: Editor-at-large

Matt is Autocar’s lead features writer and presenter, is the main face of Autocar’s YouTube channel, presents the My Week In Cars podcast and has written his weekly column, Tester’s Notes, since 2013.

Matt is an automotive engineer who has been writing and talking about cars since 1997. He joined Autocar in 2005 as deputy road test editor, prior to which he was road test editor and world rally editor for Channel 4’s automotive website, 4Car. 

Into all things engineering and automotive from any era, Matt is as comfortable regularly contributing to sibling titles Move Electric and Classic & Sports Car as he is writing for Autocar. He has a racing licence, and some malfunctioning classic cars and motorbikes. 

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