Renault this week announced two new Mégane Renaultsport versions, the 275 Cup-S and the 275 Nav. Both models are powered by the 2-litre 275hp turbocharged Euro-6 petrol engine and six speed manual gearbox, first seen on last year’s limited edition 275 Trophy-R.
Acceleration from 0-62mph is 6.0 seconds and the top speed is 158mph, with a peak torque of 360Nm, available from 3,000 to 5,000rpm. Combined fuel economy is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 174g/km.
The Cup-S is aimed more at ‘stripped out’ performance driving while the Nav version is aimed at comfort with a more forgiving chassis and a higher equipment level as standard. Alongside the two new cars Renault is offering a range of optional performance-enhancing extras.
Both cars feature the three-mode Renaultsport Dynamic Management system. In Normal mode the car develops 250hp and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is fully on. Sport mode raises the power to 275hp, offers sport throttle mapping and later intervention of ESC. Race mode is as Sport mode, but with ESC completely disabled. To mitigate the issues of a high-power front-wheel-drive configuration both versions feature PerfoHub double-axis front suspension.
The 275 Cup-S provides a new entry-level Mégane Renaultsport.
The exterior is styled with extended wheel arches and side protection mouldings, an F1-style front blade and rear diffuser with gloss black sections and an extended rear spoiler, all of which work together to improve aerodynamic performance and increase downforce. 18-inch ‘Tibor’ alloys are finished in matte black and are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres. Door mirrors are gloss black and are electrically operated and heated.
Inside, standard fitments are logoed Renaultsport seats, a Renaultsport analogue rev counter and speedometer, drilled aluminium pedals, electric front windows, a leather Renaultsport steering wheel, air conditioning, a 4x20W radio and CD player with Bluetooth and an AUX input, keycard entry, cruise control and a speed limiter. Leather Recaros are an option.
The Cup Chassis Pack is fitted as standard and comprises a mechanical LSD, red paint on the Brembo four-pot brake calipers, firmer springs and dampers and a stiffer anti-roll bar.
Performance Options include Öhlins Road & Track adjustable dampers, an Akrapovič lightweight titanium exhaust system, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and 19-inch ‘STEEV’ Speedline alloy wheels.
The 275 Nav replaces the outgoing Mégane Renaultsport 265.
Fitted with the standard ‘Sport’ chassis pack (the Cup Pack is available as an option), the Nav offers a softer ride and additional equipment including navigation system with live traffic updates, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, hands-free keycard entry system, rear parking sensors with colour camera, extra tinted rear side windows and tailgate, a sunvisor with illumination, chrome Renaultsport door sill plates and a 4x35W sound system with R-Link v2 multimedia. Wheels are the same as the Cup-S but finished in satin anthracite and shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres.
The Renaultsport Leather Pack is available as an option and adds heated front seats, carbon grey leather and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat. As with the Cup-S leather Recaros are also available.
The 275 Cup-S is priced at £23,935 and the 275 Nav, £25,935 with a four-year warranty and four years’ European roadside assist. Both cars are available to order immediately with deliveries commencing in November.