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by Daniel DeGasperi

A limited edition Renault Megane RS 265 has been announced priced from $37,990 plus on-road costs, or the special launch price of $36,990 driveaway until the end of April.

Called the Renault Megane RS 265 Sport, the 50-unit limited edition utilises the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the previous entry-level $42,640 RS 265 Cup, but picks up automatic stop-start technology.

The RS 265 Sport channels the same 195kW of power and 360Nm of torque to the front wheels, but misses out on a mechanical limited slip differential featured every other specification of the French three-door sports hatch. It does, however, retain the Perfohub steering design that separates the steering hub from the strut with the aim of reducing torque steer, but gets a Sport suspension tune in lieu of the firmer Cup suspension standard on all other RS 265 models.

The RS 265 Sport also gets the same 18-inch alloy wheels as the RS 265 Cup, though painted in a silver instead of black finish. The Brembo brake callipers are also finished in silver rather than red.

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While the RS 265 Sport loses equipment standard on the RS 265 Cup – missing auto on/off headlights, auto keyless entry, and an R.S Monitor 2.0, and getting manual air-conditioning controls instead of dual-zone climate control – it curiously picks up cloth-trimmed Recaro sports seats from the $47,140 RS 265 Trophy.

The nationwide $36,990 driveaway price for the Renault Megane RS 265 Sport limited edition is backed by other deals, including the existing RS 265 Cup on-sale for $39,990 driveaway.

A $500 fuel card is also given to all Renault private buyers until March 31.

Further deals are available for the month on Clio Authentique ($16,990 driveaway) and Expression ($17,990 driveaway), Megane Expression hatchback ($19,990 driveaway) and Dynamique wagon ($24,990 driveaway), Koleos Expression 4×2 ($25,990 driveaway) and Megane CC ($36,990 driveaway).




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