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Old 06-16-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R Sets Record 7:54.36 FWD ‘Ring Time:

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Old 06-16-2014, 02:40 PM   #2
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The Megane RS is taking the top spot back ! What a car !
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:28 PM   #4
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:43 PM   #5
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Waits paitently for the ugly Civic Type R and its possible claim to fame. Finally Honda is stepping up their game on engines.... Looks.... Well they've totally lost it in that department.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:22 PM   #6
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Renault has celebrated this "record for FWD cars" yesterday, and that happened

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^ Ouch. The "safety" car too... :-)
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:30 PM   #8
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^ Under steer from the green hell
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:31 AM   #9
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Nissan needs to bring this over as a Nismo Versa or something.
I love hot hatches.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:39 PM   #10
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That was a great video.

That thing looks pretty squirrely on some of those corners. Safety car crash doesn't surprise me too much.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:48 AM   #11
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http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/mo...ammond-4087758

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RenaultSport Megane review: Richard Hammond says that it is the hottest of hot Renault cars

Mirror motoring expert Richard Hammond says the RenaultSport Megane Trophy 275 is so good that you should ignore the hot Clio and go straight for its big sister

For a very brief moment, the Seat Cupra R held the lap record for a front-wheel drive car around the famous Nurburgring.

Trouble is with holding records, someone always comes along and beats it. Which is what happened to Seat when Renault decided to have a crack at the record with its RenaultSport Megane Trophy 275.

Does being a few seconds slower around a race circuit make the Seat a bad car? Of course not. But the Cupra R is a very different car from the new Renault. The Seat is like a Golf GTI: a very fast hatchback that’s refined and very easy to live with every day.

The Megane RenaultSport 275 S&S Trophy, to give the French car its full name, is quite the opposite.

It’s an angry car that spits and growls and jiggles your spine over bumpy road surfaces. It’s also the best hot hatch that money (quite a lot of it) can buy.

We’ve had this test car for a week and it’s surprising that the driving licence is intact. What a motor!

First, the specs. Take the previous Trophy 265’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and nudge the horsepower up to 271bhp (enough to justify rounding it up to 275 for the badges). Then attach to it an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system for extra noise pleasure.

On paper this more powerful Trophy is no quicker to 62mph but it’s faster at the top end. On the previous Trophy the “Cup” pack was an option but here it comes as standard.

And that’s a very good thing because not only does it include a limited-slip differential, but also stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. The standard Trophy 275 costs £28,930 but you can spend some extra cash on options to make the car even more track-focused.

Ours has quite a few add-ons, including the somewhat expensive fully adjustable Ohlins dampers.

I doubt you’d notice them on the road but they’re good for bragging rights – as are the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres at an extra £1,000.

Then there’s our car’s “liquid yellow” metallic paint. It might cost an extra £525, but it looks so good that you just have to do it. It’s a cliche, but not many cars could keep up with this car on a bendy road. A BMW M5 tried and had the legs on the Renault in a straight line but didn’t fancy trying to **out- corner the mega Megane. Quite wise.

The car has electric power steering (as have a large number of modern cars because it saves fuel) and apart from the steering on my Porsche GT3, it’s about as good as it gets.

The wheel is wrapped in sexy Alcantara and you can feel everything that’s happening to the front tyres through it.

Bikers are familiar with Akrapovic exhausts but it’s a new name to car drivers. You get lots of lovely pops and bangs through the system as you change down through the six-speed manual gearbox.

A 0-62mph time of 6.0sec doesn’t sound that fast by modern standards but trust me, this car is very quick. It stops quickly, too. But what this hottest of hot Renaults does is provide endless amounts of fun. If you want a calmer drive go for the Seat or a Golf GTI but if you want thrills in a daily dose, the Renault is the motor of choice .

Renault people will like reading this road test but they won’t want to read the next bit. The brilliance of the new Megane RenaultSport 275 S&S Trophy just shows what a ****-up Renault has made of the RenaultSport Clio 200.

The previous hot Clio was a way to get as much fun as the Megane but for less money. If you’ve got the extra money for the Megane, don’t even consider the Clio.
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RenaultSport Megane 275 S&S Trophy
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Price: £28,930
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, 271bhp
0-62mph: 6.0sec
Fuel consumption: 37.7mpg
The rivals

Audi S3: More money, but does have 4wd. Boring compared to Megane, despite 300bhp under the bonnet. £30,645

Seat Leon 280 Cupra: Superb car at a reasonable price. Easy to live with but still with excellent performance. £26,945

Volkswagen Golf R: Delivers plenty of performance thanks to 300bhp but can’t match the Renault for thrills. £29,990




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Old 11-27-2014, 01:28 PM   #13
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Renault has confirmed to TopGear.com that future Renaultsport models could feature hybrid powertrains.

Sacrilege, or the potential for more hardcore RS cars? Speaking to TG, a contact at Renault UK admitted that the RS division could soon collaborate with the bods over in electric vehicles.

"I could see it happening in the future," our Renault insider said. "Look at Formula E - all the vehicles are from Renaultsport. So I can certainly see RS hybrids in the future. Why not?"

No need to start saving just yet. Renault hasn't set out a definitive timeframe, so we'll be waiting a while for an RS hybrid to materialise. Probably necessary, considering the progression of the EV/hybrid sectors. "As the EV and hybrid markets mature," our man said, "there's no reason why there wouldn't be an RS version of that."

Speaking on the progression of battery technology, Renault's EV product manager Ben Fletcher also noted the potential for Renaultsport to collaborate with his department. "I think it would be a really interesting project [a hybrid RS] to be involved with, and a really interesting proposition to the customer."

What about that particular class of customer that wants that old-school, naturally aspirated, raw-as-sashimi RS experience? Don't forget, the world is still getting accustomed to a turbocharged Renault Clio RS with an automatic gearbox.

"You have some purists who will just go down the internal combustion route," says Ben, "but equally you've got a lot of people who are really into cars, really into the technology behind the cars, and actually that has a cachet to it. If you look at the McLaren P1 for example, nobody accuses that of being dull, do they? And yet that's got a partly electrified powertrain. Same goes for LaFerrari.

"You don't see people pointing at a Porsche 918 and say ‘that's boring'. It's about the two systems working together. So on a personal level it would make sense."

Fletcher also waded into the current debate raging around battery capacity and EV range. "There's lots of stuff in the media about battery tech that generally focuses on capacity," he said, "but actually what that ignores is that batteries are four dimensional.

"You need one that holds the right amount of electricity, that is cost effective, one that's stable, and one that's proven in a vehicle - the cycles a car battery goes through are very different from other applications."

For Ben and his team, its about the infrastructure behind the EV tech. "The battery technology thing is only a symptom of the range that people worry about, so its about how we tackle that range problem, and not necessarily the battery problem. For me, the range point is tackled via infrastructure," he told us. It's all getting a bit chicken and egg, isn't it?

On the subject of its electric cars, Renault announced today that a full purchase battery option is now available on the ZOE and Kangoo, dubbed the Zoe i and Kangoo i (the ‘i' stands for included).

Before, you bought your ZOE but hired the battery, but now you have the option of buying the whole car outright: better for fleet customers to incorporate the entire cost of the car in one lump.

It's a handy way of reminding us that the ZOE is the second best-selling EV in the UK (behind the Nissan Leaf), and has grown its share of the market by a whopping 75 per cent in the last year.

So, prices for the ZOE ‘battery hire' version start from £13,995, while prices for the ZOE ‘i' start from £18,443 - a £4,448 increase. The full price still undercuts rivals from Volkswagen, Nissan and Kia, Renault tells us.

But you're still chewing on that hybrid RS, right? Ben Fletcher again. "Tesla with the P85D has shown what electric vehicles are capable of, performance-wise," he said. That Tesla, for reference, does 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds...
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