Mé­gane RS 275 Tro­phy: ‘most ac­com­plished sports hatch avail­able’

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SELLING for R499 900, the new Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 Tro­phy is the sec­ond Mé­gane Re­nault Sport (RS) to be in­tro­duced to SA 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.

A pow­er­ful, sporty, yet so­phis­ti­cat­edly-styled ad­di­tion to the highly ac­claimed and peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar RS line-up in South Africa, it boasts a mul­ti­tude of in­no­va­tive and in­tel­li­gent tech­nol­ogy fea­tures and fit­ments as stan­dard and is sure to meet — and ex­ceed — the ex­pec­ta­tions.

Since the launch of Mé­gane Re­nault Sport in 2004, Mé­gane RS has set the pace for sports cars and amassed a host of ac­co­lades lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

At the heart of the new flag­ship Mé­gane RS 275 Tro­phy are well-proven sport­ing and tech­ni­cal cre­den­tials that have been re­worked, up-scaled and taken to the next level, ac­cord­ing to Brian Smith, vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Re­nault South Africa.

“This is an all-round per­for­mance car that com­bines ev­ery­day drive­abil­ity with an even sharper track per­for­mance. The CUP chas­sis fully taps the po­ten­tial of the F1-inspired up­graded Re­nault Sport 2.0, four-cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol en­gine. Pre­mier­ing on the Me­gane RS 275 Tro­phy, it has un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant fine-tun­ing and been op­ti­mised to pro­duce max­i­mum power of 275 bhp,” says Smith.

With 38 years of For­mula 1 ex­per­tise un­der its belt, the RSTs en­gi­neer­ing team have suc­cess­fully trans­ferred its tech­ni­cal know-how to Re­nault’s pro­duc­tion cars.

Pa­trice Ratti, CEO of Re­nault Sport Tech­nolo­gies, ex­plains, how­ever, that when a Mé­gane RS un­der­goes an up­grade, “our ob­jec­tive is not only to im­prove the tech­ni­cal specs but also to de­velop a ve­hi­cle that is more dis­tinc­tive both vis­ually and from a per­for­mance per­spec­tive. A car that per­forms even bet­ter on the track but which is still suited to ev­ery­day mo­tor­ing”.

Ratti adds, “Re­flect­ing our ap­proach to mo­tor­sports, the RS Tech­nolo­gies (RST) team seek to make progress in ev­ery area in or­der to de­velop in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that make our car the mar­ket ref­er­ence and, with its mod­er­ate fuel con­sump­tion and CO² emis­sions, the new Mé­gane RS 275 Tro­phy is also a car that ad­dresses to­day’s en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

“Con­tin­u­ing in the tra­di­tion of ex­clu­sive sports per­for­mance cars, RST has al­lied ex­cep­tional dy­namic qual­i­ties with ad­vanced ver­sa­til­ity that pro­vide an even more ex­hil­a­rat­ing and dy­namic edge to this class-lead­ing hatch­back. New Mé­gane RS 275 Tro­phy is a ve­hi­cle that we be­lieve to be the most ac­com­plished sports hatch cur­rently on the mar­ket,” adds Smith.

— imo­toon­line.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The half-a-mil­lion rand in­te­rior of the new Mé­gane Re­nault Sport 275 Tro­phy.

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