Renaultsport haven’t put a foot wrong in recent years, their Mégane R26R remains our favourite hot-hatch of all time, the Clio and Twingo Cup models are class leaders by a considerable margin. When we spoke with Renaultsport’s Chief Vehicle Engineer Steve Marvin last year he confidently assured us that the Mégane Renaultsport 250 would top them all. That’s quite an achievement if its true.

Well, we’ll soon find out since Renaultsport will begin deliveries from January 2010, with order books opening on the 1st November.

Priced from just £21,995 on the road (for the Mégane Renaultsport 250 Cup), Renaultsport continue their policy of aggressive pricing without compromising the quality of their design or engineering.

Despite its keen price, the Mégane Renaultsport 250 Cup is equipped with a generous specification including cruise control, speed limiter, eight airbags, RAID automatic door locking, Brembo brakes, Renaultsport Dynamic Management ESP system, Renault keycard, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, 60W RDS MP3-compatible CD player with fingertip control, Bluetooth and RCA connection, ISOFIX child seat mountings, rear parking sensors and, of course, the Cup suspension pack.

The Cup Suspension Pack includes a limited slip differential, stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bar, grooved discs, red finish to the Brembo brake calipers, 235/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres and ‘AX-L’ 18” x 8.25” alloy wheels in satin black.

The Mégane Renaultsport 250 can also be equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, Renault Hands Free card, dual-zone climate control, automatic operation of the lights and wipers, 18” (x 8.25”) ‘Keza’ alloy wheels with 225/40 Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tyres, extra tinted tailgate and rear side windows, tyre pressure monitor and Multi-functional TunePoint. The Cup Suspension Pack is available as an option combined with Recaro front seats at £1,950.

Customers can choose to personalise their car with a broad range of options including the Renaultsport Monitor telemetry system, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlamps, Recaro seats, 19” Speedline alloy wheels with the latest generation 235/35 Continental Sport Contact 5 tyres, Carminat TomTom, Arkamys 4×30 RDS radio with 6 CD and Bluetooth and Multi-Functional TunePoint, electric folding door mirrors, front parking sensors and a fixed glass roof. As part of the Renault i.d. programme, customers can also choose one of two interior colours or an anthracite finish to the exterior detailing.

The Mégane Renaultsport is available in seven colours: Glacier White, Capsicum Red, Extreme Blue, Pearl Black, Mercury, Oyster and, unique to the model, Sport Yellow. As standard, the centre section of the front bumper and F1-style blade, door mirrors and rear diffuser are finished in gloss black. Customers can choose to have these elements in anthracite as part of the Renault i.d. programme.

Further information can be found on the Renaultsport website.


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