Renault has officially launched its new Mégane Renaultsport 250 which will continue the legacy of blistering front-drive performance hatches from the French carmaker.
The new model is powered by an extensively revised 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which boasts peak power of 184kW and 340Nm from 3000rpm coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Thanks to its twin-scroll turbo, the Renaultsport 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is exceptionally responsive and particularly flexible at low revs, with 80 per cent of maximum torque available from 1900rpm.
The Mégane Renaultsport 250 will be available with the choice of two chassis settings when it makes its sales debut: a sport chassis for everyday driving enjoyment and a Cup chassis for more exhilarating performance, especially on track.
Adapting the styling cues of the new Mégane Coupe, its front bumper incorporates a blade echoing the low-slung noses of a Formula 1 car, along with extended wheel arches, side sill, rear diffuser, extended tailgate spoiler and centrally-positioned exhaust tailpipe.
Inside, the new Mégane Renaultsport 250 is easier to live with thanks to features such as height adjustable front seats with additional lateral support or optional Recaros, height and reach adjustable sports steering wheel, aluminium pedal covers and a new fascia design.
Together with the raft of standard equipment available on the standard Mégane, the Renaultsport 250 boasts two specific features aimed at heightening the driver’s enjoyment delivered by the vehicle’s performance.
A Renaultsport Dynamic Management system allows the ESC to be enabled in one of three modes: ‘On’ (the default mode), ‘Sport’ (for less intrusive ESC action) and ‘Off’ (total disengagement).
A Renaultsport Monitor, taking its inspiration from motor sport, provides information about real-time engine performance, gearchange warning, throttle pedal mapping, lateral acceleration, 0-60 acceleration and lap times.