Renault Megane RS265 FL 1

TC Euro Cars has officially introduced the facelifted Renault Megane RS 265 Sport in Malaysia. The facelift first appeared last month in a RS 265 Cup version, showcased at the launch of the Malaysia Super GT race series. As the suffix suggests, this is the Sport variant, not the one that sits on the Cup chassis – word is that the RS 265 Cup version will arrive at a later point.

The new look, which premiered in Frankfurt last year, sees the Megane now wearing the brand’s family face, in line with models such as the new Clio RS and facelifted Koleos.

The front gets a more prominent Renault diamond logo placed on a gloss black background, set on to a new grille. The bumper is new too, as are the projector headlights, which feature gloss black “eyelids.” Also on, a F1 blade fitted on the bumper, in a nod to the company’s F1 heritage and success. Only a single exterior colour is listed for the Sport variant – Glacier White.

The Megane RS 265 Sport comes dressed with a Red Pack, which provides accents in the said shade. Outside, the front lip, side mouldings and rear spoiler go the route, while inside, certain trim bits go the red route, as do the seat belts and stitching.

No mechanical changes – the new car has the same running gear as seen in the pre-facelift, in this case a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo offering 265 hp and 360 Nm, paired with a six-speed manual. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 6.0 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed.

Standard equipment includes Carbon Grey RS fabric front sports seats, Brembo four-pot front brake calipers, R.S. Monitor 1.0, auto headlights/wipers, auto air-conditioning and multi-mode drive select (Normal/Sport/ESP Off).

In case you were wondering the difference between the Sport and Cup versions of the Megane RS, the Sport loses the sportier seats of the Cup, the limited slip differential and has a softer suspension setup.

The RS 265 Sport sits on 18-inch Tibor dark anthracite wheels and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 225/40 profile tyres (same size as the pre-FL Cup, but an inch smaller than that equipping the Trophy).

It’s also a cheaper proposition than its Cup sibling – the Megane RS 265 Sport is priced at RM199,999, on-the-road without insurance, making it nearly RM36k cheaper than the pre-FL RS 265 Cup that was launched here in January last year.