Renault F1 editions hit SA

2012-10-02 07:20

Renault has again decided to mark its Formula 1 partnership with Red Bull Racing by releasing limited-edition Megane RS and Clio RS models.

The Megane Renault Sport 265 Red Bull Racing RB7 and the Clio Renault Sport Red Bull Racing RB7 are now available in South Africa, showcasing Renault’s Formula 1 cachet and transferring that technology straight to some of its favourite road cars.


Unbelievably, these RB7s look even sportier than their predecessors. Bodies are finished in black metallic with signature, contrasting yellow finishes for the external mirror housings and rear diffuser. The roof of each model has a black chequered pattern while RB7 badges are attached to the doors.

More than just about looking good, the Megane is fitted with a list of features ranging from its Cup chassis to a limited-slip differential and red brake calipers. An RS monitor was inspired by the telemetry systems used in pukka race cars and allows purists to adjust the parameters of the driving aids available by displaying real-time performance data. Select “Normal” mode and 187kW/340Nm is available, while electronic brake assist and stability control functions are also available.

Go “Sport” and output is boosted to 197kW/360Nm and the brake assist function is deactivated.

The Clio version also uses a Cup Chassis and RS monitor while the two-litre petrol engine produces 151kW. The cars' flashy exterior finishes are complemented by equally flashy interiors: Recaro bucket seats, automatic aircon, auto headlight activation, a personalised plaque and a key card.  

Renault South Africa says only 20 of each edition will be sold here. They’ll come standard with Renault’s five-year or 150 000km warranty, a five-year or 100 000km service plan on the Megane and a four-year or 60 000km plan for the Clio. Service intervals are 10 000 and 15 000km, respectively.


Mégane Renault Sport Red Bull Racing RB7 Special Edition - R419 900
Clio Renault Sport Red Bull Racing RB7 Special Edition - R299 900

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  • zweli.ndhlovu - 2012-10-02 09:00

    So much money for just a service plan and NOT a full maintenance plan?

  • dintwe.mohutsioa - 2012-10-02 09:20

    this is extortion

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-10-02 09:33

    I can justify the price for the Megane as it is very close to the RS Cup price but how did they calculate the price for the Clio?

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-02 12:34

      It is the same trick that manufacturers catches the public with. It's called "exclusivity"

      dean.mark.williams - 2012-10-03 13:10

      remember Citroen and it's DS3 Racing? R399 000, just because there were only 10 in the country. I think they only sold about 7-8 of them. I know of 2 that were stuck at dealers.

  • sabelo.mzuku - 2012-10-02 13:37

    Too pricey? ..then don't buy it and quit whinging! great hatchbacks indeed!

  • dean.mark.williams - 2012-10-02 14:36

    Considering the Megane comes with a 100k service plan and you have to service it every 10k means that 10 services you don't have to pay for. I wouldn't want to know the cost of servicing one. The Clio should have gotten the same service plan at least

  • neilmurray13 - 2012-10-03 12:55

    The worst thing about both these cars, is you spend a shed-load of money and still end up with a Renault :P

      john.dekock.5 - 2012-12-05 11:35

      The worst thing about your comment is that you clearly have no knowledge on RenaultSport :P

  • codyas - 2012-10-04 09:09

    Still a reno I rather not

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