CUP OF GAL­LIC GARLIC

Torque (Singapore) - - MEGANE RS RENAULT -

Dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional me­dia event in Spain, I was let loose for a cou­ple of laps around the Jerez cir­cuit in the Me­gane RS Cup. This ver­sion gets a low­ered (by 5mm) chas­sis, 10% stiffer dampers, a me­chan­i­cal limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial (in place of the torque-vec­tor) and lighter mixed-al­loy Brembo brakes.

I did one bet­ter by re­quest­ing a joyride with Lau­rent Hur­gon, Renault Sport driver and Nür­bur­gring multi-record holder for the pre­vi­ous Me­gane RS. We hopped into a 6-speed man­ual RS Cup, com­plete with a “pull” hand­brake in­stead of the auto vari­ant’s elec­tronic park­ing brake.

It was a good op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the new RS at the limit, as Hur­gon deftly carved each Jerez turn with sur­gi­cal pre­ci­sion and non­cha­lant ease. Brak­ing hard, the haz­ards flashed rapidly (can­not be turned off due to Euro­pean safety reg­u­la­tions) be­fore each twisty, fol­lowed by the mildest of un­der­steer when en­ter­ing the turn and the prompt cor­rec­tion of an over­steery slide when ex­it­ing each sharp cor­ner, be­fore blast­ing ahead on the next scorch­ing straight.

It was all good fun, with the driver skill­fully demon­strat­ing the RS’s con­trol­lable and en­ter­tain­ing man­ners at the race­track.

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