The new Renault Megane 265 is available to order, with delivery in early April 2012.
There are going to be two versions – the 265 Cup available for £24,825 and the 265 for £26,025
The main change is that the cars have gained an extra 15 hp and deliver 20Nm more torque – which shaves 0.1 seconds off the 0-62 mph figure, which is now six seconds dead. Even the top speed has increased to 158 mph.
You can even select two power settings - the default is 250hp/340Nm of torque for five per cent improved fuel consumption – the sport mode boasts the output to 265hp/360Nm via the ESC button and it also enhances the car’s exhaust note.
Now the Megane 265 Cup standard upholstery is carbon grey Renaultsport cloth with red stitching. The seatbelts are red, as is the stitching throughout the cabin, while the door panels have a carbon fibre effect finish. Recaro front seats with a Carbon grey cloth and synthetic leather edging and yellow detailing are an option on the 265 Cup, while the seatbelts are also yellow with these seats.
The Renaultsport 265 standard upholstery is carbon grey Renaultsport leather, with red seatbelts and red stitching visible throughout the cabin. Recaro front seats with a carbon grey leather upholstery and yellow seatbelts are also an option on the 265 and a new carbon and silver grey bi-tone leather upholstery is available as an option.
The Cup Chassis Pack (standard on the cup mode) is available on the more luxurious 265. Priced at £1,350 including VAT, it offers 18” alloy wheels in matt black, 235/40 R18 95Y Michelin Sport 2 tyres, grooved brake discs, limited slip differential, red brake callipers and stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars as well as the innovative PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension set-up, which virtually eliminates torque steer.
Options include the Renaultsport ‘Red Design Pack’, apes much of the style of the limited edition 265 Trophy, with red striping on the front blade, rear diffuser and side protection mouldings for £350.
The second introduction is the Visio System priced at £300. Assuming the driver has unintentionally lost concentration, possibly through fatigue, the system features a lane departure warning giving an audible and visual warning if he or she unintentionally crosses white lines in the road without indicating. The system can easily be switched off when not required. In addition, the new addition also incorporates an automatic high and low headlight beam when conditions allow. Not part of the system, but still of benefit in the new model is a ‘lane change function’ which is likely to prove ideal with motorway driving, giving three flashes to other road users simply through a quick flick of the indicator stalk.
Plus there is the option of a £360 new rear parking camera, combined with front parking sensors, to help protect your pride.Published 20 February 2012