Fast French love affair
The Megane gets greater power and passion from Renaultsport
THERE’S an easy way to get a grip on the latest Renault Megane RS 265. Think of it as the much-better-looking French equivalent of the Subaru Impreza STi. Without all-wheel drive.
The Megane hero hatch delivered the turbocharged thrill ride on par with Subaru’s charismatic WRX. Now the upgrade to the RS 265 level lifts things to an STI standard, polishing the RS halo with extra power and torque, visual tweaking and extra equipment.
The name change on the 265 is the reflection of the horsepower. Adding 15 horsepower— that’s 11.2kW— doesn’t seem much, but the way the punch has been packaged makes it special.
The car starts as a regular 250, but when you toggle the settings to Sport mode it unleashes the whole package. That means a different exhaust beat, much more response to the throttle, an almost total lack of turbo lag, bigger midrange surge and the 265 horses of top-end power.
The RS range— including the pocket rocket Clio— has been very good for Renault in its a massive rebuild in Australia, doing a WRX-style job of attracting new buyers.
‘‘ RenaultSport has been very good to us, and for us,’’ Renault Australia boss Justin