Drivers train for this one
New Mégane Renault Sport 275 combines everyday driveability with sharp track performance
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.
New Mégane Renault Sport 275 2.0 Turbo Trophy R449 900
The New Mégane Renault Sport 275 is equally at home on the Nürburgring Circuit and a suburban driveway.