LATEST MEGANE RS IN SA: Renault's sportiest hatchback now has the automaker's latest family face. It's the Megane RS 265 LUX 2.0 Turbo. Image: Renault
Renault South Africa has announced the local introduction of its Megane RS 265 LUX 2.0 Turbo.
The updated hot hatch has a number of style and tech tweaks and gains the automaker’s new family face which appeared on the face lifted Megane range in August 2014.
That means a new grille with Renault Sport badging beneath the enlarged Renault logo. It also gains a F1-styled blade insert in the front bumper, and diode headlights.
The rear benefits from chromed exhausts and a diffuser and the whole package rides on 18" grey RS alloy wheels.
IMAGE GALLERY - 2015 Megane RS 265 LUX
RS clusters and logo appear on the facia with contrast stitching on the steering-wheel, aluminium pedals and RS sills. The RS-badged leather front seats are power-adjustable and heatable.
It’s powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder, RS Turbo petrol capable of 195kW/360Nm mated to a six-speed manual gearbox which will take the car to 100km/h in six seconds and on to 250km/h.
The RS 265 LUX adds satnav, Bluetooth connectivity, key card for remote locking/unlocking and starting, radio/CD with MP3 and USB port, steering-wheel audio controls and cruise control with speed limiter.
Crash protection includes eight crash bags, anti-lock brakes with emergency pressure assistance, electronic stability control, anti-wheelspin and anti-skid.
Renault offers advanced driving training to buyers of its Sport vehicles, though any Renault owner and even the general public can apply.
Renault SA's vice-president of marketing and communications, Brian Smith, said: "With the transfer of racing technology to our production cars there is a need and responsibility to equip drivers with the necessary skills to drive and handle these high-performance vehicles.
"The programme provides a broad and comprehensive range of training that includes not only track and skidpan but also day-to-day hazards that face drivers."
Megane Renault Sport 265 LUX - R389 900
Glass roof - R8000
Reversing camera - R5000
Metallic paint - R2500
Yellow metallic paint - R20 000
The Megane is sold with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty, six-year anti-corrosion warranty and five-year or 90 000km service plan. Service intervals 10 000km.
NEW MEGANE RS: The changes made to the face-lifted Megane range have filtered down to the performance RS version with the new Megane Renault Sport 265 LUX. Image: Renault