Harder Megane RS here in Q4
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Renault Australia has reversed course, adding a Cup Chassis option to the lower-spec Megane RS280.

The company initially planned to reserve the Cup Chassis for top-spec 'Trophy' models but, according to Andrew Moore, managing director of Renault Australia, public response to that decision inspired a swift backflip.

"Following the international launch of the all-new Megane RS we received strong feedback from media, customers and dealers that they would like to have the option of a Cup chassis on the entry model Megane RS280," he said.

"We have listened to this feedback and gone back to the factory to introduce a Cup chassis option at the time of launch.

"Renault Sport and in particular the Megane RS has a strong history in Australia. In fact Australia was the third highest selling country in the world for the previous generation Megane RS behind France and Germany.

"We’re thrilled that the factory have supported us in responding to our customers and making this option available to our customers."

The Cup Chassis Pack will only be offered on manual cars, costing $1490. It includes 10 per cent stiffer dampers, a Torsen limited-slip differential and an aluminium/cast-iron brake package with red Brembo calipers.

When it arrives in Q3 2018, the Megane RS280 will retail for around $45,000 in manual guise, and around $47,500 with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Cup Chassis won't be available until Q4 2018, when the harder-core cars start rolling out of Renault Sport's factory in Dieppe, France.

It makes 205kW and 390Nm from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo engine in base trim, jumping to 224kW in the top-spec Trophy – set to arrive early in 2019, with pricing still to be determined.

Regardless of trim, buyers will get a digital instrument binnacle, an 8.7-inch central touchscreen and Apple CarPlay, along with Alcantara-trimmed bucket seats.