Driv­ers train for this one

New Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 com­bines ev­ery­day drive­abil­ity with sharp track per­for­mance

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RE­NAULT of­fers ad­vanced driver train­ing to the driv­ers of Re­nault Sport ve­hi­cles, as well as all Re­nault own­ers and even the gen­eral public.

“With the trans­fer of rac­ing tech­nol­ogy to our pro­duc­tion cars there is a need and re­spon­si­bil­ity to equip driv­ers with the nec­es­sary skills to drive and han­dle these high per­for­mance ve­hi­cles,” ad­vises Brian Smith, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Re­nault South Africa.

“The Re­nault ad­vanced driver train­ing pro­gramme, a cour­tesy to all Re­nault Sport cus­tomers, pro­vides a broad and com­pre­hen­sive range of ad­vanced driver train­ing that in­cludes not only the high per­for­mance race track and skid pan cour­ses, but also train­ing that as­sist in the day-to­day haz­ards that face driv­ers on our public roads. We welcome you, to start your jour­ney with us and master the art of safe driv­ing.”

Smith’s an­nounce­ment fol­lows the launch of the New Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 Tro­phy, the sec­ond Mé­gane Re­nault Sport (RS) to be in­tro­duced to South African shores in 2015.

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the Mé­gane RS 265 LUX 2.0 Turbo which mo­tored into Mzansi in Fe­bru­ary, it suc­ceeds the Mé­gane RS 265 Tro­phy which de­buted in SA in May 2012 and takes up the man­tle of flag­ship of the Mé­gane Re­nault Sport range.

Smith said the 275 Tro­phy is an all-round per­for­mance car “that com­bines ev­ery­day drive­abil­ity with an even sharper track per­for­mance”.

“We be­lieve the New Mé­gane RS 275 is the most ac­com­plished sports hatch cur­rently on the mar­ket,” said Smith.

Each Tro­phy’s door sill guards are uniquely num­bered with alu­minium ac­cents and Re­caro bucket seats that un­der­line its rac­ing her­itage.

All the mod cons

It is not a stripped down rac­ing hatch, how­ever, elec­tric fold­ing door mir­rors have a de­frost func­tion and the elec­tric win­dows open with one-touch.

Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity en­ables hands-free phonecalls and mu­sic stream­ing from ex­ter­nal de­vices when on the go.

A cruise con­trol and speed lim­iter does not spell rac­ing, but do en­sure a more com­fort­able and safer drive on highways.

When not forced to ad­here to speed lim­its, Re­nault’s ver­sa­tile two litre, 16-valve, four-cylin­der RS 2.0 still pro­duces 360 Nm but power has been boosted in the lower revs.

“Although the power has been boosted, we have re­duced the con­sump­tion (thanks to stop/ start) to 7,5 l/100 km and CO² emis­sions of (Euro 5-com­pli­ant) 174 g/km,” says David Pomonti, boss of RST’s pow­er­train.

Cup chas­sis thrills

Around the corners, a lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial (LSD) de­liv­ers de­pend­able ef­fi­ciency re­gard­less of grip con­di­tions or driv­ing style.

The LSD is com­bined with an in­de­pen­dent steer­ing-axis lay­out al­low­ing the driver to reap the full ben­e­fits of the ex­tra trac­tion for more re­as­sur­ing han­dling and in­creased sta­bil­ity on brak­ing.

New Mé­gane RS 275 Tro­phy’s build struc­ture fea­tures front MacPher­son-type sus­pen­sion with pressed alu­minium lower wish­bone, rear tor­sion-beam axle and an anti-roll bar (24,2mm di­am­e­ter).

With Akrapovi , a Slove­nian com­pany renowned for its work with mo­tor­cy­cles and per­for­mance cars, a spe­cial ti­ta­nium ex­haust sys­tem (with car­bon tailpipe trim) was fit­ted as stan­dard giv­ing the New Mé­gane RS 275 Tro­phy a deeper, more pen­e­trat­ing sound sig­na­ture, guar­an­teed to thrill en­gine afi­ciona­dos.

As is the case across Re­nault’s en­tire prod­uct range, the New Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 Tro­phy 2.0 Turbo comes with Re­nault’s in­dus­try-lead­ing 5-year/150 000 km me­chan­i­cal war­ranty plan.

Six-year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty and 5-year/90 000 km ser­vice plans also ap­ply.

Ser­vice in­ter­vals are at 10 000km.

Pric­ing

New Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 2.0 Turbo Tro­phy R449 900

PHOTO: QUIKCPIC

The New Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 is equally at home on the Nür­bur­gring Cir­cuit and a sub­ur­ban drive­way.

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