Renault released the latest Megane Renaultsport 250 at the Geneva Motor Show, with 250 horsepower from a revised engine.
To keep its hat firmly in the hot-hatch ring, Renault unveiled an updated Mégane Renaultsport 250 at Geneva today. It's not wearing an Alpine badge, but with an additional 25 horsepower under the hood and a choice of sport suspensions, it's unlikely that many enthusiasts will complain.
The Mégane Renaultsport 250 is set apart by a bodykit that includes a dramatic front splitter, LED daytime running lights, widened sills and eighteen-inch wheels. A motorsport influence is obvious on the interior, where the seats are heavily bolstered and the analog tachometer includes audible and visual shift indicators. A special Renaultsport steering wheel with thumb grips and aluminum pedals help to set the mood.
The 2.0 liter turbocharged 16-valve engine produces 250 horsepower and 340Nm torque, a twenty-horse boost over the Mégane R26.R. The responsive twin-scroll turbo provides a broad powerband, and power is routed through a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine note has also been tuned in an effort to get the perfect burble.
The suspension hasn't changed, but like the other Renaultsport models, the RS 250 is available with one of two sport suspensions. The standard sport chassis provides daily-driver responsiveness for enthusiast drivers, while the more extreme Cup suspension features a limited-slip differential. Both suspensions include revised electronic power steering and a stability control system that's easily disconnected for track days.
The new Mégane Renaultsport 250 goes on sale in the UK later this year.