The great hot hatch is going to a well-deserved retirement.
Over the weekend Renault announced the final example of the third generation Megane RS hot hatch has rolled off the Palencia production line on 6th July. It turns out the very same vehicle is now on sale in the United Kingdom.
After almost seven years on the market and around 30,000 sales, the current Megane RS is going to a well-deserved retirement. You still have the chance to own a brand-new third-gen Megane RS that comes nicely equipped with 19-inch Speedline alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Ohlins Road&Track adjustable dampers. It is available at Arnold Clark Renault Dundee.
The interior features an Alcantara steering wheel, gear lever and hand brake, Recaro Seats, Handsfree keycard, Renault Sport Monitor V2 on-board performance tracking, and R-Link multimedia system including satellite navigation.
The right-hand-drive 275 Cup-S model is motivated by the familiar 2.0-liter, 275-horsepower (202 kilowatts) turbocharged petrol engine. This is the same unit that powers the limited-edition 275 Trophy-R, which was the fastest FWD car to go around the Nurburgring back in June 2014 with a time of 7 minutes and 54.36 seconds. Just as a reminder, currently the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is the record-holder on the track with 7:49.21 minutes.
Farewell, Renault Megane III RS!
Gallery: Very last Renault Sport Megane on sale in the UK
- Last ever third generation Renault Sport Mégane now on sale at Arnold Clark Renault Dundee
- Final model of iconic hot hatch rolled off Palencia production line on 6th July
- Final car is a Renault Sport Mégane 275 Cup-S is finished in Liquid Yellow with numerous desirable optional extras
- Over 30,000 third generation Renault Sport Méganes produced
The last ever produced third generation Renault Mégane Renault Sport has rolled off the production line in Palencia, Spain and is now on sale in the UK at Arnold Clark Renault Dundee.
The final Mégane Renault Sport is a right-hand-drive 275 Cup-S finished in Renault Sport’s trademark Liquid Yellow metallic paint and receives options such as, 19-inch Speedline alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and Öhlins Road&Track adjustable dampers. To the inside, this piece of Renault Sport history gets an Alcantara steering wheel, gear lever and hand brake, Recaro Seats, Handsfree keycard, Renault Sport Monitor V2 on-board performance tracking and R-Link multimedia system including satellite navigation.
This is in addition to the standard Cup-S specification such as the uprated Cup chassis and PerfoHub double-axis front suspension. The Cup Chassis Pack with mechanical limited-slip differential, red Brembo four-pot brake calipers, firmer springs and dampers and a stiffer anti-roll bar all make it ideal for circuit use. Inside, the 275 Cup-S is fitted with a Renault Sport analogue rev counter and speedometer, drilled aluminium pedals and the three-mode Renaultsport Dynamic Management system.
The 275 Cup-S is powered by the same 2.0-litre, 275hp turbocharged petrol engine as the limited-edition 275 Trophy-R which, in June 2014, shattered the lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car around the 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7 minutes 54.36 seconds. Acceleration from 0-62mph is attainable in 6.0 seconds and the top speed is 158mph.
David Munton, Arnold Clark Renault Franchise Manager, said: “It’s great to have the final third generation Mégane Renault Sport to ever be produced in our showroom – it looks sensational in Liquid Yellow and the optional Öhlins dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are sure to be thrilling to drive on road or on track. As a long-time Renault Dealer, we know first-hand that Renault Sport fans are passionate about the brand, so we doubt this special Mégane Renault Sport 275 Cup-S will stay in the showroom for very long.”
Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director, Renault UK said: “The Mégane Renault Sport has proved popular with critics and owners alike since launch for its focused nature and involving driving experience. The UK is one of the biggest markets in the world for Renault Sport models so it’s fitting that the last ever third generation Mégane Renault Sport should end up here.”
Having first gone on sale in the UK in 2009 as the Mégane Renault Sport 250, the third generation Mégane’s power has been boosted twice – to 265bhp in 2012 and finally up to 275bhp in 2015. From the 250 to the hardcore 275 Trophy-R to the latest 275 Cup-S , over 30,000 of the third generation Mégane Renault Sport have found homes in over 30 different countries across Europe, Australasia and the Pacific.
History of the Renault Sport Mégane
|2003||Mégane Renault Sport 225 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.|
|2004||Mégane Renault Sport 225 goes on sale in UK.|
|2005||Mégane Renault Sport 225 Trophy unveiled at Geneva Motor Show.|
|2005||Mégane Renault Sport 225 Cup launched – includes mechanical updates from Mégane Renault Sport 225 Trophy.|
|2005||Mégane Renault Sport 225 ‘Renault F1 Team’ launched to celebrate Renault F1 and Fernando Alonso’s constructor and driver’s world championship wins at the end of 2005.|
|2006||Mégane Renault Sport 230 ‘F1 Team R26’ launched to commemorate Renault F1 and Fernando Alonso winning back-to-back constructor and driver’s world championships in the ‘R26’ F1 car. The engine received a 5bhp boost to take it to 230hp.|
|2007||Mégane Renault Sport dCi 175 launched at Geneva Motor Show – the first ever diesel Renault Sport.|
|2008||Mégane Renault Sport R26.R launched by setting a new Nürburgring Nordschleife record for a front-wheel drive production car of 8 minutes 17 seconds. The ‘.R’ stood for radicale, French for extreme. The car was 123kg lighter than a 230 F1 Team R26.|
|2009||Third generation Mégane Renault Sport 250 makes its dynamic debut at the Monaco Grand Prix, launched in the UK later that year with two different chassis – Sport for everyday driving and Cup for more track-focussed thrills.|
|2011||Mégane Renault Sport 265 Trophy launched – Renault’s fastest road car yet, going from 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds. Renault beats its own front-wheel drive Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record with a time of 8:07.97.|
|2012||Mégane Renault Sport 265 launched.|
|2013||Mégane Renault Sport Red Bull Racing RB8 unveiled to celebrate Red Bull’s three F1 constructors’ championships with Renault as their engine supplier. 30 units came to the UK.|
|2014||Mégane Renault Sport 275 Trophy-R unveiled – an extreme car aimed at trackday enthusiasts. Renault once again beat their own Nürburgring Nordschleife FWD lap record with a time of 7:54:36. 30 examples were made for the UK.|
|2015||Mégane Renault Sport’s power increased from 265bhp to 275bhp with the introduction of the 275 Nav and 275 Cup-S to the UK, priced from £23,935.|
|2016||The final third generation Mégane Renault Sport rolls off the production line in Palencia. The 275 Cup-S is destined for the UK market.|
The fourth generation All-New Mégane went on sale in the UK this summer with the range topped by a GT 205 Nav version that has been engineered by Renault Sport – complete with 4Control four-wheel-steering, EDC transmission and all-in-one sports seats. An announcement on a fourth generation Mégane Renault Sport will be made in the future.
The full specification of the vehicle for sale is:
|Renault Mégane Renault Sport 275 Cup-S||£23,935|
|Liquid Yellow Renault i.d. metallic paint||£1,300|
|Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres||£1,000|
|19" STEEV Speedline gloss black / red rim alloy wheels||£1,000|
|Alcantara finish (steering wheel, gear lever and hand brake)||£300|
|Öhlins adjustable Road&Track dampers||£2,000|
|Recaro Seats with Carbon Grey leather upholstery||£1,300|
|Carminat TomTom® LIVE 3-year subscription||£150|
|R-LINK Multimedia system including 7-inch touchscreen||£400|
|Renault Sport Monitor V2 on board performance tracking||£295|
|Total On-The-Road Manufacturer Recommended Retail Price||£31,930|