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2011-11-02 10:36

JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER: The airy cabin of the Mégane CC, now with GT Line enhancements.

Renault SA’s sole Mégane Coupé Cabriolet has been given a GT style injection to complement its latest design tweak.

A number of exterior and interior updates have been assigned to the CC, which manages to retain its distinctive profile and black-tinted glass roof (said to be the largest folding roof in its segment).

Other changes include a redesigned boot lid that now incorporates the upper part of the new diode-equipped light clusters.

GT Line treatment extends to the new bumper design with an RS-style gloss black centre section and the windscreen frame and cabin surrounds, exterior mirrors and special 17" alloy rims finished in "Dark Metal" rather than the traditional chromed finish.


Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet

OPEN TOP: The latest Mégane CC enhancements include new rear detailing and more cabin space.

As before, the Mégane’s biggest feature is its huge, folding roof with almost a square metre of glazing. The two-part roof is lowered (in 21 seconds) and raised (in 22) by an electro-hydraulic mechanism and two draught deflectors – a fixed glass structure between the rear head restraints and the additional mesh deflector that can be clipped into place over the back seats – are standard.

For coupe-like driving, a new “short drop” function is new; it raises the windows several millimetres into the roof and windscreen pillars to further protect against noise and water intrusion.

As might be expected, the Mégane CC’s cabin has a high level of comfort and crash protection equipment...

A handy position memory returns the standard leather front seats to their original position after passengers have climbed into the rear seats where, Renault says, they "have a reclining backrest and extra knee room".

The boot, according to Renault, takes 211 litres with the roof stowed and 417 litres it erected. The CC’s boot lid is generally quite heavy, so it also has a motorised closing function.


Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet

GT CUES: GT Line enhancements include gloss black inserts in the bumper and 'Dark Metal' brightwork.

Other useful features include Renault’s keyless entry with hands-free locking, automatic parking brake, aircon, bi-xenon headlights satnav and high-end 140W Arkamys audio system with connectivity for audio and communication devices.

The Mégane CC 1.4T Dynamique GT Line is available only with Renault’s 1.4 TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) engine with 96kW at 5500rpm and 190Nm at 2250rpm on tap.

This engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that allows the Mégane CC to sprint to 100km/h in 10.7sec and on to a top speed of 200km/h. Renault quotes a combined-cycle consumption of 7.3/100 km, with a CO2 emission rating of 169g/km.

Dynamically, while the CC is based on the same mechanicals as the larger Mégane family, some adjustments have been made to increase ride comfort with the top down. The front Macpherson-like suspension has a new 'horned' sub-frame while a flexible beam arrangement at the rear has a closed-section beam that is both lighter and more compact.

Stiffer springs are used at the front and rear and the anti-roll bar is, Renault says, 50% stiffer than that on the previous model.

A five-year or 100 000km service plan is standard along with Renault's five-year or 150 000 km warranty.


Mégane CC 1.4 T Dynamique GT Line - R359 900

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