Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup clocks quicker lap at Sepang


Following the launch of the new Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup, the highly-anticipated Renault Sport Track Day made a comeback at the Sepang International Circuit, this time in a night session.

For this edition of the Renault Sport Track day, 30 Renault Sport owners took their prized possessions onto the track to push their skills to the limit and experience the performance of their R.S. machines, which included the Megane R.S., Clio R.S. and limited-edition Megane R.S. 275 Trophy R.

TC Euro Cars also brought along a Megane R.S. 280 Cup with EDC dual-clutch transmission for a few timed laps around Sepang, and managed to clock a best lap of 2 minutes and 38 seconds – a whole 3 seconds quicker than the previous official lap time set in a Megane R.S. 265 Cup.

The Megane R.S. that did the timed lap was completely stock from the factory, but wearing road-going 19-inch Yokohama AD08R 245/35 tyres – provided by the official tyre sponsor for the event. 

As always, TC Euro Cars and Renault took safety as their number one priority, and thus only allowing experienced drivers to lap the circuit alone; first time drivers were accompanied by a professional instructor. 

Meanwhile, taxi rides were available for the participants to experience the new Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup in the hands of a professional driver.

The new Renault Megane R.S. was launched in Malaysia back in April, priced at RM279,888 for the manual transmission variant, while the EDC dual-clutch transmission variant comes in at RM299,888

Powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, the Renault Megane R.S. makes 280 hp and 390 Nm of torque – and that is where the 280 in the name came from. Zero to 100 km/h is done in 5.8 seconds, onward to a 250 km/h top speed. 

Offered in Malaysia with the Cup chassis as standard, the Renault Megane R.S. comes with a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential at the front, along with 10% stiffer dampers for even better cornering performance. 

The Renault Megane R.S. is also the only hot hatch to offer four-wheel steering. Unfortunately if you want to experience the car in the brilliant Orange Tonic colour, you’d have to fork out another RM8,000.


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Woon

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