With the all-new Megane looming on the horizon, Renault is bidding farewell to the current Megane with the unveiling of not one, but two versions of the Megane RS: the RS 275 Cup-S and the RS 275 Nav. The former is targeted to the more serious of drivers while the latter is the “tamer” version and more comfort-oriented.
No changes on the outside, apart from the new Flame Red colour option as shown here, and both variants are fitted with 18-inch Tibor alloys as standard. Apart from the “Cup-S” script on the F1-insipred front wing, the difference between the RS 275 Cup-S and the RS 275 Nav is that the wheels of the former are finished in matte black and wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres as opposed to the satin anthracite wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres on the RS 275 Nav.
Underneath the sleek “coupe” body (yes, yes, we know it’s a hatch), the RS 275 Cup-S gets the Cup chassis which means mechanical LSD, tweaked suspension, and red brake calipers are thrown in for free complementing the mentioned matte black wheels and grippy rubbers. The RS 275 Nav still runs on the Sport chassis, but buyers can upgrade their RS 275 Nav to be equipped with the Cup chassis for a small fee.
Other options available to both models include bigger 19-inch wheels and sunroof, but the RS 275 Cup-S’s option list extends to the RS Monitor on-board performance tracking system, Ohlins adjustable Road & Track dampers, and the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system.
The interior also differs in terms of creature comforts. On the RS 275 Nav, the hands-free key card, the 7-inch touch screen for the R-Link v2 multimedia system, the dual-zone climate control, and the reverse camera are all fitted as standard, but optional on the RS 275 Cup-S. More comfort can be had in the RS 275 Nav by opting the Leather Pack which includes heated and powered front memory seats, and Carbon grey Renaultsport leather upholstery.
Performance figures are equal on both models, because they’re utilising the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder from the Nurburgring-attacking Megane RS 275 Trophy-R. Both get 275 hp and 360 Nm delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and they sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds. Top speed is 255 km/h.
Both Meganes are already on sale in the UK with prices starting from £23,935 for the RS 275 Cup-S and £25,935 for the RS 275 Nav. Closer to home, our local Renault franchise holder TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd recently introduced the Megane RS 265 Cup on our market, which currently retails at RM234,888.