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Renault Megane RS : dual-clutch for next-gen hot-hatch; manual under a cloud

The next-generation Renault Megane RS may follow the smaller Clio RS in ditching its traditional manual gearbox entirely in favour of a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT)...

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Renault Megane Review : Expression
Rating: 810 /10
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Renault Megane Review : Expression

It’s a tale of two base models within the Renault Megane range.   Both manual and automatic Renault Megane Expression grades cost between $21-23K, and the Spanish-built models share the distinction of being the cheapest European small cars on the market...

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$20,990 to $22,990

2014 Renault Megane CC facelift revealed
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2014 Renault Megane CC facelift revealed

The updated 2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet has been shown for the first time with its newly facelifted front end, continuing the French marque's renewal of its small car range. Featuring Renault's new styling identity, first seen on the Megane in hatch, coupe and wagon guise in September and previously on the Captur, Clio and Koleos, the 2014 Megane CC facelift comprises a new front bumper, bonnet, headlights and grille and incorporates a larger Renault badge...


Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265
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Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265

It’s rare that a higher-specification variant of a popular mainstream car would be the best-seller in the range, but that tells you much about the enduring status and appeal of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. With one in four Golfs driving out of VW showrooms wearing the revered three-letter badge, the GTI is almost ubiquitous on Australian streets...


Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8: F1 limited edition from $49,990
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Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8: F1 limited edition from $49,990

The limited edition Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8 has been released in Australia celebrating Red Bull Racing's fourth consecutive clinching of the Formula One drivers' and constructors' world titles. At $49,990, the Red Bull RB8 is based on the identically priced Renault Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 – the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the Nurburgring...


Renault Megane CC Floride limited edition released from $44,990
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Renault Megane CC Floride limited edition released from $44,990

Briefly dabbling in the retro-cool craze, the limited edition Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Floride has launched locally paying homage to the 1958-1968 convertible of the same name. Priced from $44,990, the Floride will be available as a 50-unit limited edition in Australia, assuming a range-topping position in the Megane CC line-up with the $1000-cheaper Privilege simultaneously being dropped from the range...


Renault Megane Expression launches from $19,990 driveaway
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Renault Megane Expression launches from $19,990 driveaway

The new entry-level Renault Megane hatch has launched from $19,990 driveaway, making it the only European-built small car to offer sub-$20K pricing. The sharp pricing applies to the new Megane Expression manual, which is normally priced from $20,990 before on-road costs – representing a saving of at least $3000...


Renault Megane: 2014 facelift revealed
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Renault Megane: 2014 facelift revealed

The facelifted Renault Megane has been revealed ahead of its debut at tomorrow's Frankfurt motor show. Facelifted for the 2014 model year, the updated Renault Megane continues the French manufacturer’s deployment of its new family face following in the footsteps of the Captur, Clio and Koleos...


Renault Megane GT 220 Sport Wagon Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Renault Megane GT 220 Sport Wagon Review

On paper the Renault Megane GT 220 Sport Wagon looks like an ideal blend of performance and practicality. Up front there’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 162kW of power and 340Nm of torque. Out back there’s 524 litres of boot space, or 1600L with the rear backrest and front passenger seat folded...

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$36,990 to $41,990

2013 Renault Megane Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2013 Renault Megane Review

A handful of car makers believe there is a division within the small car segment that sits between mainstream and luxury, and the Renault Megane wants to be included among these more ‘semi premium’, European offerings...

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$20,990 to $33,990

Renault Megane: $20,990 1.2-litre turbo and $26,490 GT-Line added
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Renault Megane: $20,990 1.2-litre turbo and $26,490 GT-Line added

A revised Renault Megane range has launched locally, headlined by the addition of a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a sporty GT-Line grade, and a wagon bodystyle. The $20,990 Megane Expression replaces the previous Dynamique as the entry point to the range...


Renault Megane CC gets new entry model, $9000 price cut
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Renault Megane CC gets new entry model, $9000 price cut

The revised Renault Megane CC range now starts $9000 cheaper than before, priced from $36,990. A new entry model for the four-seat hard-top Megane 'Coupe-Cabriolet' includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, full glass electric roof, dual-zone climate control, cloth trim and automatic headlights and wipers. As before, the single powertrain option is a 103kW 2...


Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing RB8 limited edition revealed
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Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing RB8 limited edition revealed

The limited edition Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing RB8 has been revealed, as Renault and its Formula One partner Red Bull Racing belatedly celebrate their third Constructors' world title secured at the end of the 2012 season...


Renault Megane GT 220 Estate Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Renault Megane GT 220 Estate Review

The Renault Megane GT 220 Estate combines a high-performance engine up front with a highly practical rear load area to become the natural stepping stone between regular Megane models and the hardcore coupes...

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$36,990

Opel Astra OPC v Renault Megane RS265: Comparison Review
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Opel Astra OPC v Renault Megane RS265: Comparison Review

Words: Daniel DeGasperi. Photos: Alex Bryden / David Zalstein. Opel Astra OPC versus Renault Megane RS is the ultimate example of challenger attacking, champion defending. But the French know, arrogantly but correctly, that the Megane RS has long been the benchmark sub-$50,000 hot hatch – when the model was upgraded from RS250 to RS265 last year, the press release was titled “the best just got better”...


Renault Megane Estate GT220: hot wagon on radar for Oz
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Renault Megane Estate GT220: hot wagon on radar for Oz

The Renault Megane Estate GT220 could become a sexy wagon offering in Australia in 2013. Renault Australia is importing the regular Megane wagon range from mid 2013 and says the just-announced GT220 variant is on its radar. The GT220 shares a number of features and components with the French brand's renowned Megane RS265 hot-hatch...


Renault Megane wagon confirmed for Australia
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Renault Megane wagon confirmed for Australia

A wagon version of the Renault Megane will be the latest model to continue the French brand's revival in Australia. Renault Australia confirmed the Megane Estate, as its known in Europe, will join the small-car range in mid 2013, joining the five-door Megane hatch and related Fluence sedan. The more practical Megane will be offered with a choice of petrol or diesel power...


Holden Volt, Renault Megane, Audi A3 and Volvo V40 get 5-star NCAP safety rating
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Holden Volt, Renault Megane, Audi A3 and Volvo V40 get 5-star NCAP safety rating

The Holden Volt plug-in hybrid is among a group of four vehicles to earn a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in the latest round of assessments, joining five other vehicles tested by Euro NCAP to also achieve the maximum safety rating. Among those tested overseas was the all-new Volvo V40 hatch, which achieved the best overall result ever record by Euro NCAP...


Renault Megane RS265 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Renault Megane RS265 Review

If its predecessor is anything to go by then the new Renault Megane RS265 should be the best hot hatch in the world – bar none. It’s got hero status already with a new lap record around the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife for a front-wheel-drive production car in a time of just 8 minutes .08 seconds...

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$42,640 to $51,640

Renault Megane RS265 launches in Australia
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Renault Megane RS265 launches in Australia

Renault Australia has launched the highly anticipated Renault Megane RS265 hot-hatch, replacing the equally acclaimed Megane RS250. Inspired by Renault's successful tender to the Gendarmerie Nationale (French Police) for a high-speed pursuit vehicle with a requirement for 265 horsepower (195kW), the Megane RS265 develops an additional 9kW and 20Nm of torque (for a maximum output of 360Nm) over its Megane RS250 predecessor...


Renault Megane Hatch Sport Edition boosts value
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Renault Megane Hatch Sport Edition boosts value

The Renault Megane Hatch Sport Edition has been released, offering customers more features, more value and more exclusivity. Based on the entry-level Dynamique specification level, only 115 Megane Hatch Sport Editions will be sold...


Renault Megane Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Renault Megane Review

The Renault Megane is one of the newest entrants into Australia's diesel-powered small-car market. Launching locally in September 2011, the Renault Megane diesel joins the three-pronged petrol range, which arrived on our shores around one year earlier. There are two diesel models to chose from: the entry-level Dynamique ($27,490 before on-road costs) and the more luxurious Privilege ($32,490)...

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$27,490 to $32,490

Renault Megane RS 250 Australian Grand Prix limited edition confirmed
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Renault Megane RS 250 Australian Grand Prix limited edition confirmed

Renault Australia has announced the availability of the exclusive Megane RS 250 Australian Grand Prix Limited Edition as the French manufacturer celebrates its 35th year in Formula One. The Renault Megane RS 250 AGP comes hot on the heels of the Monaco Grand Prix limited edition, which arrived in August 2011 and – according to Renault – attracted strong customer demand in Australia...


2012 Renault Megane CC Summer Edition on sale
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2012 Renault Megane CC Summer Edition on sale

There may be just two weeks of summer remaining, but Renault Australia is continuing to celebrate the sunny season with the launch of the Megane Coupe-Convertible Summer Edition. The Renault Megane CC Summer Edition comes standard with charcoal leather seats and new 18-inch alloy wheels...


2012 Renault Megane facelift, Megane R.S. 265 not for Australia yet
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2012 Renault Megane facelift, Megane R.S. 265 not for Australia yet

Renault has unveiled 2012 Model Year upgrades to the Renault Megane small car and Megane Renaultsport hot hatch. The updated model scores mild styling enhancements, efficiency improvements and new interior equipment and technology features, and sees the introduction of the more powerful Megane R.S. 265, which replaces the R.S. 250...


Renault Megane & Megane Cabriolet Review

Renault Megane & Megane Cabriolet Review

When it comes to the small hatch segment, the Australian marketplace is pretty crowded. You have to have something that sells on its reputation, is brilliant value for money, or is an outstanding drive to ensure your place is cemented in the mind of the Australian buyer. Renault’s foray into the segment is the new Megane, a bigger and bolder car than its bum-heavy predecessor...

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$22,990

Renault Megane Hatch Diesel Review
Rating: 610 /10
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Renault Megane Hatch Diesel Review

Renault Megane Hatch Diesel 1.5-litre dCi 110 DPF diesel engine 81kW/240Nm, six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual-Clutch) transmission: Renault Megane Hatch Diesel Dynamique: $27,490 Renault Megane Hatch Diesel Privilege: $32,490 (Manufacturer’s List Price) It might only have a displacement of 1...

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$27,490 to $32,490

2013 Renault Megane spy shots
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2013 Renault Megane spy shots

Renault has been spotted hot weather testing the upcoming 2013 Renault Megane facelift in southern Europe. The new model will showcase a fresh design inside and out, with LED daytime running lights and a new rear end...


2011 Renault Megane R.S. 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition: 50 coming to Australia
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2011 Renault Megane R.S. 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition: 50 coming to Australia

The 2011 Renault Megane R.S. 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition has been released in Australia, with just 50 of the exclusive models to be delivered Down Under. The Megane R.S. 250 Monaco GP follows the launch of 30 special edition Renault Clio R.S. 200 Australian Grand Prix vehicles in March, and will be sold in just a handful of markets around the world...


Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy smashes Nurburgring record
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Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy smashes Nurburgring record

The latest and greatest go fast machine from Renault’s performance house Renaultsport, has smashed the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring with a time of 8 minutes 08 seconds in the latest Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy. It’s a record event that betters some far more powerful rear-wheel drive cars and one that other manufactures might find hard to beat...