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by George Skentzos

Increased customer demand for what is arguably the most underrated hot hatch on the market has resulted in Renault Australia ordering another 20 of its Special Edition F1 Team R26 Megane’s.

This brings the number of R26 Megane’s in Australia to just 100, when added to the 80 imported and sold in 2007 – talk about exclusive!

The latest batch of R26’s will only be available in ‘Victory Yellow’, once again because of customer demand.

Renault R26 Megane run extended

Based upon the Megane RenaultSport 225 three-door, the R26 features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 168kW at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 310Nm at 3,000rpm.

Teamed with a close ratio six-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential, 90 percent of torque is available from 2,000 to 6,000rpm.

Renault R26 Megane run extended

Taming the R26 are four-pot Brembo calipers up front with vented 312mm rotors for astonishing stopping power.

In addition to its performance components, the R26 also features de-connectable ESP, xenon headlamps, automatic headlamps and wipers climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, and electric windows with driver’s one touch controls.

Renault R26 Megane run extended

This marks the second occasion Renault has created a special edition Megane to commemorate its F1 World Championship win, both in 2005 and 2006.

The 2005 championship model, also know as the ‘F1 Team’ was only available ‘Alp Blue’, with 40 cars being sold in Australia during 2006.

Recommended Retail Price – $44,990






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