Renault importer TC Euro Cars has released a teaser video of its soon to be launched hot hatch, the Renault Megane RS 250 Cup, which was recently caught on camera by our own Harvinder in Langkawi. This is bound to be a cracking car to drive, if Renaultsport has improved on the outgoing Megane RS, which was my most enjoyable drive in 2009. I still occasionally dream of that big bottomed black car, and can’t wait to sample its successor.
The video starts off with glimpses of the car’s juicy bits. Things like a good ol’ six-speed manual gearbox, aluminium pedals with rubber studs, Recaro seats, xenons, Brembo brakes are all standard. The Malaysian spec car will also come with the Cup chassis, LSD and the Renaultsport Monitor – the latter is a system which provides the driver with real-time data accessible via steering wheel controls. The info includes a lap timer with memory function, acceleration timer, transverse and longitudinal g-force, turbo pressure, oil temperature plus torque and power figures.
The clip then shows the yellow Megane taking on Sepang. Driven by Singaporean racer Denis Lian, the stock standard RS lapped the track in 2:43.02 in dry conditions. Very respectable. While a Civic Type R can potentially rival that time, you’d be crushing your guts all the way home in the super focussed Honda as the Renault driver wafts along.
The price? We hear that it won’t be costlier than the outgoing car, which was sold for RM235K. Stay tuned!