French hatch dispatch but no catch
SORRY, no chance. That is the sad message from Renault Australia on the hottest hatch yet from the French maker, the R26.R.
‘‘All the cars are pre-sold. We won’t even be able to get one to display at motor shows,’’ says Craig Smith of Renault Australia.
Yet the Renaultsport R26.R is a serious happening for Renault, which has used the go-faster Meganes as a big showroom attraction. Two Renaultsport Meganes have been a limited-edition sellout in Australia and the company is just about to put a Renaultsport Clio into the local line-up.
The R26.R is developed from the existing 230 F1 Team R26, named after the company’s Formula One racer, and has a big track focus. The cabin has a full rollcage, racing seats and harnesses.
There’s more, from a carbon-fibre bonnet to polycarbonate windows to cut weight by 123kg for a significant performance boost using the regular R26 turbo motor. Side and curtain airbags, the sound system, airconditioning and heated rear window have been removed.
Wrong way, go back:
the Renault R26.R is a big hit in France, but we won’t be getting it.