MEGANE RS275 REVEALED
Renault has pulled the wraps from the latest evolution of its world-beating hot hatch, revealing the limited-edition Megane RS 275 Trophy today ahead of a third-quarter Australian launch.
As the name suggests, power is boosted to 275ps (271hp, 202kW) at 5500rpm, marking a small but significant increase over the 195kW of its direct predecessor, the RS 265.
Torque holds steady at 360Nm in the new model, available from 3000rpm - matching the twist of the RS 265.
(By comparison, the earlier RS 250 offered 184kW and 340Nm of torque.)
Tweaks for the RS 275 include an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, Ohlins adjustable dampers, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres wrapping the 19-inch alloys.
Shown here in the Megane range’s newly facelifted form, the RS 275 gets reshaped headlights and Renault’s broad new grille design.
The body-kit is otherwise unchanged, with the same bumpers and flared guards of the previous evolutions in the RS line.
There’s also ‘Trophy’ branding on the front blade, graphics down the body sides and a chequered flag print to the doors.
In the cabin, there’s Recaro buckets, Alcantara trim, contrast stitching and an alloy shift knob.
Stay tuned for Renault’s June 16 of its (we presume) success in taking back its Nurburgring lap time from the Seat Leon Cupra.
Speaking with TMR today, Renault Australia's Emily Fadeyev confirmed a third-quarter launch for the RS 275, with sales strictly limited to just 100 units.
In 265 form, the RS is currently priced at $47,140. Expect RS 275 pricing to come in between $50,000 and $60,000.
The Megane RS remains a popular offering in Australia, with 183 year-to-date sales to its credit.
In 2013, Australia proved to be the second-best selling market for the Megane RS, beaten only by its home market of France.