Mégane RS 275 Trophy: ‘most accomplished sports hatch available’
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.
The half-a-million rand interior of the new Mégane Renault Sport 275 Trophy.