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Renault's hot Megane RS cops more power, thanks to the French Police

Renault logo24 Aug 2012

THE hottest Megane variant gets a facelift with a boost in power and torque, courtesy of the engineers at Renault Sport.

Originally designed to meet a tender from the French gendarmes who wanted a replacement for their Subaru WRX pursuit cars, the RS265 raises power output of the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine by 11kW over the outgoing RS250, to 195kW, while torque goes up 20Nm, to 360Nm.

While the sheet metal remains the same, the grille and interior have been tweaked to freshen up the muscular three-door ‘coupe’, that now comes in a broader range of variants, starting with the RS265 Cup at $42,640 and topping out with the luxury RS265 Trophy+ at $51,640.

As well, Renault has introduced a limited-edition RS265 Trophy 8:08, referring to the fastest lap of Germany's Nurburgring by a production front-drive car in testing for the RS265 in 2011.

This model comes with the same sticky Bridgestone Potenza tyres used in the hot lap, along with other goodies, for $49,990. Only 100 units of this variant will be imported.
Model release date: 1 August 2012 to 1 June 2014

Previous model

Megane RS250

Released: November 2010
Ended: August 2012
Family Tree: Megane

THE rip-snorting Megane RS250 hot hatch arrived with a 184kW, 340Nm 2.0-litre turbo to take the fight up to the VW Golf GTi.

At the time of launch at the end of 2010, we raved about the sensational performance, handling, grip, body control and braking striking coupe styling, hatchback versatility and engine tractability.

The zero-to-100km/h sprint could be completed in 6.1 seconds – the best in its class.

Several special editions such as the Monaco and Trophee were introduced during the life of the RS250 to spice up sales which, by the time it was superseded by the more powerful RS265, exceeded 700 units, making Australia one of the car's top-selling markets.

Get the full story: The fast, communicative and well-balanced Megane 250 Cup Trophee is tres cool

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