Megane Renaultsport 225 - The Beauty of The Beast | Part Two

The beauty of the "beast"

Mégane Renaultsport 225 retains the styling of New Mégane while adding a number of subtle but elegant sporting elements. It repeats the fundamentals of the Renaultsport design with wrap-round bumpers, more prominent foglamps and large air-intake and outlet grilles, plus centrally-mounted twin-pipe rear exhaust, similar to the New Clio Renaultsport V6 255.

Additional elements characteristic of the versions developed by Renaultsport – a discreet spoiler on the rear hatch and large diameter 18-inch alloy wheels – contribute both to the dynamic styling and the efficiency of the car. Inside, the modern, streamlined design of New Mégane is prominent, with sporting touches to the dashboard and the gear lever console.

The pedals and the footrest also feature an aluminium finish.

The steering wheel and driver's seat have multiple adjustments so that every driver can find their ideal driving position. The front seats, with their pronounced curves, have special side supports on both cushion and backrest.

Mégane Renaultsport 225 has a host of technical features such as tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and speed limiter, electrochromic rearview mirror, plus automatic headlamps and wipers. Xenon headlamps, whose light output is twice that of halogen bulbs, are also available. Mégane Renaultsport 225 is also equipped with the Hands-Free Renault Card, an audio unit built into the facia with four speakers distributed around the cabin, and as an option, Carminat Advanced Navigation.

Five special body colours specific to Mégane Renaultsport 225, as well as two interior colour schemes, satisfy every customer need. Following the personalisation programmes developed by Renaultsport Technologies for New Clio Renaultsport V6 255 and Clio Renaultsport 172, an identical approach is being considered for Mégane Renaultsport 225.

A powerful engine with a wide torque curve

Using as its base the turbocharged 2.0 16V engine available in the company’s top-of-the-range models, Renaultsport has developed a high-performance version which remains easy to use in everyday driving. Its output of 225bhp and 300Nm of torque is achieved thanks to changes to key items such as the turbo and the engine’s reciprocal components. With 90% of its maximum torque available between 2,000 and 6,000rpm, the engine provides strong and continuous power up to the highest speeds. The engine exhaust has also been developed to provide a truly pleasing note, with a special twin-outlet system.

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Published 20 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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