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2011-10-10 08:24

FRENCH HOOLIGANS: The Renault stand is dominated by the loud Megane RS Cup, although its meeker RS siblings pack a punch, too...

Renault’s Johannesburg International Motor Show stand includes a tribute to the French automaker’s popular Renault Sport sub-brand and its Gordini motorsport heritage.

The Renault Sport sub-brand is showcasing the Twingo, Clio and Mégane models but the special-edition Twingo RS and Clio RS in the exclusive Gordini livery are also in attendance.

More hard-core hot-hatch lovers will likely settle their eyes on the Mégane RS Cup, the flagship model in the current range, with a Cup chassis for spirited drivers and extended wheelarches to accommodate its larger alloy-rimmed wheels.

Power is provided by a new turbocharged two-litre engine that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger for enhanced response at low revs, continuously variable valve timing and revised fuel-injection mapping.

TRACK TOY

Output is 184kW at 5500rpm with 340Nm of torque at 3000rpm, 80 percent of the latter from 1900rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox, with taller ratios and a sportier feel, is standard.

All these elements contribute to a Megane capable of a 6.1sec 0-100 sprint and 250km/h. With its Cup chassis, limited-slip differential in play, and four-piston Brembo brake calipers, this Megane should be as perfect for track days as the suburban shuffle.

The Clio Gordini RS and Twingo Gordini RS models share the JIMS limelight with their bigger, more powerful, brother, although all buyers of these power models get advanced driving lessons with their purchases.

Read more about the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show.

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