The mighty Renaultsport Megane gets a price cut and spec changes for 2016
Renault has revealed its latest bout of spec changes for its hot hatch Megane 275, with the introduction of the Cup-S and Nav models. Prices have also been slashed, now starting from £23,935 and £25,935 respectively.
The two new cars represent a split in specification and mild update for the current generation of Megane Renaultsports, with the 275 Cup-S standing as a hardcore stripped-out update - complete with cup-spec chassic set-up and limited slip differential. The 275 Nav offers a more luxurious level of specification.
Both new Megane Renaultsport models are powered by the same 2.0-litre engine, now tweaked to the same 275hp as the limited-edition 275 Trophy-R which, in June 2014, shattered the lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car around the 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7.54.36s.
Following in the footsteps of previous Renaultsport models to carry the ‘Cup’ moniker, the 275 Cup-S features the uprated Cup chassis as standard whilst sporting a lower price tag than the 275 Nav in exchange for some of its sibling’s higher specification items.
Acceleration from 0-62mph is attainable in 6.0 secs and the top speed is 158mph. With the aid of a start & stop engine cut-off system, the car will also do 37.7mpg when driven sensibly.
Renault claims that the 275 Nav will deliver the same performance figures as the Cup-S but with an added nod to everyday driving. The car enjoys the ‘Sport’ chassis, however enjoys more compliant suspension, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, hands-free keycard entry system, and rear parking sensors to name but a few as standard.
Neither car offers an increase in price to the current 265, however the 275 Cup-S will offer a substantial £2000 saving when it hits the forecourts later this year.