Renault Australia has added a limited edition model to its Megane Coupe Convertible range, just in time for summer.
Called the Floride, the model’s name harkens back to the Renault 8 and Renault 10-based Florides of the 50s and 60s, although US versions were named “Caravelle” to avoid confusion with the state of Florida.
No such trouble with the name in Australia, although Canberra’s annual spring flower festival - Floriade - comes very close…
Unlike the painfully (leasurely?) slow rear-engined but water-cooled 1100cc versions of yesteryear, the modern day Floride gets the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that powers the ‘regular’ Megane CC.
The unit produces 103kW and 195Nm, driving the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission with a fuel figure of 8.1 l/100km.
The Floride features a folding glass roof, with a boot that holds 417 litres of luggage when the roof is up and 211 litres with it folded down.
A special Diamond Black paint finish with Ivory highlights adorns the outside of the Floride along with unique 17-inch alloy wheels, while the interior features dark leather upholstery with Ivory piping and chrome Floride naming.
The interior also gets a two-tone black and Ivory leather-wrapped steering wheel and a numbered build plate, with just 33 Florides available to Australian customers.
Other features include dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a wind deflector net and glass wind deflector along with a seven-inch touchscreen with R-Link satellite navigation.
Safety features include rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps and cruise control with speed-limiter.
“The arrival of the very special limited edition Megane CC Floride is a wonderful opportunity for buyers of luxury convertibles to take a good look at Renault,” Renault Australia Managing Director, Justin Hocevar, said.
“Our research tells us that many convertible buyers seek a vehicle that makes a discrete, yet unique visual statement. And with the security of a folding glass roof, it only takes a few seconds to convert the car from an all-weather Coupe to a sun-loving Cabriolet, so you can make the most of the beautiful summer weather.”
The 2015 Renault Megane CC Floride is on sale now as the new range-topping CC model, priced from $45,990 plus on-road costs.