Renault Australia has bolstered its Megane RS 280 range with the addition of an auto-equipped Cup chassis variant, on sale now from $51,990 plus on-road costs.
After introducing an automatic option for the first time with the new-generation model, Renault has now opened up the more focused Cup variant to those wanting a self-shifter, having previously reserved the option for manual models.
Compared to the standard 'Sport' chassis, the Cup is 10% stiffer, which Renault says appeals to "those drivers who like a sporty, yet still refined, drive.
To get the extra stiffness, the Cup gets revised springs, dampers and bump stops. There's also a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential on the front axle as part of the package.
Further to the additional variant, a Bose audio system and Alcantara/leather seats are now standard on all variants bar the Sport manual.
Prices are slightly up across the range, too, with the base Sport manual $1000 dearer at $45,990, with the Sport EDC jumping to $50,490 from $47,490 (+$3000). The Cup manual, meanwhile, has gone from being a $1490 option pack to now being $3000 dearer than the Sport manual ($48,990), likely offset by the additional specification above.
All models pick up a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, too, after Renault previously reverted its factory coverage to three years on its performance range a year ago.
Power continues to come from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo making 205kW and 390Nm, driving the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed EDC automatic (Efficient Dual Clutch).
The updated Renault Megane RS line-up is on sale now.
2019 Renault Megane RS pricing
- Sport 6MT – $45,990 (+$1000)
- Sport EDC – $50,490 (+$3000)
- Cup 6MT – $48,990 (+$2510)
- Cup EDC – $51,990 (NEW)
- Metallic paint – $800
- Signature paint – $1000 (Liquid Yellow or Tonic Orange)
- Panoramic sunroof – $1990 (N/A for Sport 6MT)
All prices exclude on-road costs