The Renault Megane RS280 has only just been priced for Australia, but the RS range is already doing the rounds on European roads. That means any hotshot with a few cameras and access to an autobahn can test out the claimed top speed.
That's exactly what AutoTopNL has done, taking advantage of a quiet stretch of derestricted motorway to put the new French hot hatch through its paces.
With a choice of manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a handy 205kW and 390Nm from its 1.8-litre turbocharged four, the RS is gunning for the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai i30 N.
In Australia, pricing will kick off with the RS280 manual at $44,990 before on-road costs, or $47,490 for the RS280 with a dual-clutch transmission.
Pricing for the hotter Trophy model, which gets 224kW from the same 1.8-litre engine, hasn't been revealed yet.