Renault has released a new F1-badged Megane RS in celebration of the manufacturer's second world championship.
The car, called the Megane F1 Team R26, uses a Cup chassis with completely new settings, including specific damping and stiffer springs, and a limited slip differential for better handling.
The chassis features an independent steering axis front suspension and a flexible rear beam. Stopping power is provided by Brembo brakes.
The standard Megane RS's 165 kW powerplant has been pumped up to produce 169 kW in the latest F1. The 2.0-litre 16-valve turbocharged unit develops its maximum power at 5 500 r/min and has a peak torque figure of 310 Nm at 3 000 r/min.
90% of the engine's peak torque is available from 2 000 to 6 000 r/min and promises rapid engine response and smooth acceleration.
According to Renault, the car has a combined fuel consumption of 8.5 l/ 100 km.
Drive is to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The Megane F1 is equipped with a launch control system that helps to propel the hot hatch to 100 km/h from standstill in 6.5 seconds. The Handling Control System, incorporating ESP, traction control and steering control can be totally deactivated.
Latest Megane F1 is distinguished by its unique body decals in the bumpers, doors and roof, and red brake calipers. 18-inch alloy wheels are finished in the same colour as the exterior mirrors.
The car is offered in three-door body style with three exterior colours to choose from - Toro Red and the two metallic shades, Deep Black and Sirius Yellow.
Looks the part, too
Chrome plated twin central tailpipes and satin chrome door handles help complete the exterior look.
Inside the cabin, Recaro bucket seats are standard fare for the two front occupants.
The cabin also has a cooled glove compartment, MP3-compatible audio system, onboard computer, aluminium pedals, leather-covered steering wheel, park brake handle and gearshift knob, climate control, and cruise control with speed limiter.
Megane Renault Sport, along with Clio Renault Sport, is assembled at the dedicated Renault Sport operation at Dieppe.
Megane F1 R26 costs R271 000.