Renault Megane Renaultsport 225 Trophy | Part Three

New steering system to give even greater road feel and sensation

The new Megane Renaultsport 225 Trophy benefits from a new electric power-assisted steering system with a splined "tube-in-tube" sliding joint which gives enhanced steering feel, while new software, ‘High Frequency Curve Assist’, has been developed to re-define the self-centering forces felt during cornering.

Sports car performance not at the expense of luxury

Aside from the changes made under the skin, the Megane Renaultsport 225 Trophy limited edition can be distinguished on the outside by its unique ‘Nimbus’ metallic finish and 18" anthracite-coloured alloys.

The performance theme continues inside, but not at the expense of interior comfort. The Megane Renaultsport 225 Trophy features new sports front seats, plus blue seatbelts and stitching on the gearknob, gaiter and steering wheel. In keeping with the car’s sporting nature, carbon fibre inserts appear in the centre console and door handle surrounds while a numbered plaque will also appear in the lower part of the dashboard to emphasise the car’s exclusivity.

The Trophy will also be arguably the most comprehensively equipped car in its sector. It shares all of the standard Megane Renaultsport 225 equipment, including ABS, cruise control with speed limiter, eight air bags and tyre pressure monitor, but loses carpet mats and six CD multi-changer (replaced by single CD). It does however, gain climate control and given the limited volume, there will only be two options available – xenon headlamps and 160W Cabasse six CD multi-changer.

Ordering for this season’s must-have accessory opens on 14th March, with the Megane Renaultsport 225 Trophy available as a three-door Sport Hatch only. The UK price has yet to be confirmed.

Keen drivers hoping to see the Megane Renaultsport 225 Trophy in action, should check out www.renaultsport.co.uk from 1st March onwards for exclusive video footage of the new car on the track with the Megane Trophy race car.

Published 1 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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