Renault has spilled the beans on the new Renaultsport 250. Power is 247bhp, sent to the front wheels. Prices start at £21,995 each.

Renault tested the new Mégane Renaultsport 250 through distances covering over 190,000 miles (305,775km), making sure everything worked as well in the end as it did in the beginning. Rest assured they say, that the hot hatch will not disappoint.

Speaking of hot, under the belly lies a Euo5-compliant 16V 2.0-litre petrol turbo with a maximum power figure of 184kW (247bhp) at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 340Nm delivered at 3,000rpm. Eighty percent of the torque is available from 1,900rpm. The increases were achieved through changes to the turbocharger, continuously variable intake valve timing and revised fuel-injection mapping.

Running the powertrain is a 6-speed manual gearbox with taller ratios and increased precision. Renault says as a result the car will sprint from 0-100km/h (62mph) time of 6.1 seconds. Average C02 emissions are 195g/km while the combined fuel consumption figure is 33.6 mpg.

Renault has installed technologies such as PowerStart which is designed to optimise standing start performance. A Cup Suspension Pack can be had and it includes stiffer springs, a limited slip differential, Brembo brake callipers, 18-inch alloys and 235/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres.

Other equipment includes front parking sensors, ESP, the Renaultsport Monitor telemetry system, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights. The exterior kit includes gloss black door mirrors, a frontal F1-style blade on the lower bumper and a gloss black rear diffuser. A total of seven exterior colours are available.

The interior is packed with gadgets such as an RDS radio system, a 6 CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity and a Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system.

Renault UK will price the Mégane Renaultsport 250 from £21,995 OTR (US$35,773/ €23,951) while the Cup model costs £22,995 (US$37,399/ €25,040) minimum. Orders can be placed from November 1 and deliveries start in January 2010.


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