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2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R review
OWNER RATING 8.7 /10
  • Sport, Sport and Sport mode; Sublime and 50 in Australia... Rare; James Wong wants to drive it!; Passenger-selective two-seater; Seems to annoy some Golf GTI and Golf R drivers
  • Doughy in normal mode – best left for cruise control; 49 left; After James drives it, is the interior going to be in one piece?; Big-boned people won't fit in the seats; We all can't drive Hitler's love-grandchild
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by Bryce

I’ve always been a fan of the Megane Coupe, and in 2016 I was able to purchase one from Adelaide, then drive it home carefully in the rain back to Melbourne (Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres). I wasn’t disappointed and have covered 8000km trouble-free since.

This is basically a stripped-out Megane RS275 with BTC specs. It has 201kW and 360Nm weighing 1286kg. The first production car to be fitted with polycarbonated springs. If you sook it up over FWD, the left-hand indicator, deleted side airbags and more tyre roar than a fleet of Mazda 3s, that’s a shame, as this is one of the most fun and planted cars you could ever pilot.

It’s not the quickest to 0–100km/h in 5.8sec, but this car is not about 0–100km/h times. If that’s your thing, to me that is just like dating a supermodel who only performs missionary. Sure, it might be fun to start out with, but it’s going to get boring real quick.

This model is made to out-brake/out-handle more expensive and powerful rivals. As per the Youtube videos, watch it take down an Audi S3 on a racetrack from the Fifth Gear TV show.

It demands to be driven around in Sport mode all the time, as normal mode is too doughy. In cruise control, it goes back to normal mode.

A worldwide production of 250, and 50 came here, but sadly one has gone from the Australian allocation.

One of the best things you can do is meet up with the crew from CarAdvice at the Coffee & Cars meet. Last meet, I had a chat with Melissa and James. It’s a great event and you should make an attempt to get along to one.

This is a two-seater with fixed skinny Recaros. Firstly, if you are like Eric Cartman and big boned, you won’t fit in, you will need to see Jenny C. Secondly,  you can be passenger selective.

Scott: Hey Bryce, can I come along with you to Cars & Coffee?
Bryce: Gee, sorry Scott. If you had only asked five minutes earlier, as I am taking Melissa. And didn’t you get the memo from Alborz? You are taking the new long-term Yaris 1.3 as your ride for the next year.

Nope… This segment has not jumped the shark tank, as competition improves the segment. Also, well done Hyundai for bringing out the i30N. Sure, I might not ever buy one, but it has forced others to bring out a bigger model range (VW) and improves pricing for everyone.

Lastly, for some reason, some Golf GTI and Golf R drivers see this car as the Antichrist. There is nothing wrong with being Megane-curious and taking one for a spin, because unless your name is Jesus Christ, we are here only once.



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