Now, it may just be three months into the game locally, but there’s no denying that the Renault Megane RS 250 Cup has made some serious inroads with the performance car crowd and built up an erstwhile cult following.

Now, it’s winning awards too. The 250 hp and 340 Nm hot hatch has picked up its first local gong, taking the “Best Sports and Convertible” award at the recent CIMB Autoworld COTY awards.

It’s not just the enthusiasts who lick their chops at the sight – and thought – of this one. The judges thought so too, bestowing the Judges Choice Award on the French tyke ahead of 30 other machines.

And it’s easy to see why everyone’s head over heels over this capable canary, really; the 2.0 litre turbo mill on this one gets the RS 250 Cup into the century from standstill in just 6.1 seconds and offers the car a 245 kph top speed.

That’s not the only draw, of course. With a Cup chassis that features a 10 mm lowered ride, uprated springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, as well as a veritable list of flash and whizz items on the kit list (Recaro seats, four-piston Brembo brakes, a mechanical LSD, RS Performance Hub and a short shift six-speed manual transmission, among a host of things), the RM230,000 pocket rocket is certainly not short of flash, as well as dash.

With the only setback being that there isn’t enough cars to go around to satiate the hungry hordes, you can expect the Megane RS 250 Cup to pick up more glittering prizes as it goes along.