You are here

Road Test: Renault Megane 2.0 T 16V Renaultsport 265 Cup 3dr (2012-2012)

£24,325 when new
8/10
Road test score

Find new & used cars

Car specifications

Budget
£24,325
Brake horsepower
265bhp
Fuel consumption
34.4mpg
0–62 mph
6.00s
CO2
190g/km
Max speed
158Mph
Insurance Group
36E

In the evolutionary cycle of the RS, this ‘new’ one is more of a genetic twist than a whole new breed. Basically, it takes the updated engine from last year’s Trophy model - the quickest front-wheel-drive road car around the ‘Ring - and adds some new visuals plus a tweaked options list.

And though it doesn’t get the Trophy’s superior Bridgestones as standard (they’re an option), it does get the extra 15bhp, released through a new Sport button that also hardens the exhaust noise.

There’s a basic Cup version, which is the one we’d go for, or a slightly softer - but more lushly equipped - 265 model. To add a soupçon of confusion, you can have the 265 with a Cup chassis, but that makes it a bit pricey. So keep it basic: a £24,825 Cup is all you need. It comes with a proper mechanical diff, stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars plus Brembo brakes. And it now does 0-62mph in six seconds dead, down by a tenth from before.

This is still one of the finest hot hatches, and the small gains edge it further ahead of the competition in our hot-hatch pecking order. The changes are more empirical than experiential, but they don’t spoil a good thing.

What do you think?

This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Please read Top Gear’s code of conduct (link below) before posting.

Promoted content