Renault Megane RS265 2.0 (M) Review
Wild track child

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
4 Feb 2014
 

Introduction

Since coming online in late 2010, the RS has scorched the pages of motoring portals the world over clinching rave reviews with nearly ever reviewer. So what is left for Renault to change if their hot hatch is already the epitome of  motoringperfection?

Well, as much as we loved the previous RS, there were a few niggles that bugged us. For all the performance you could wring out of the 2.0-litre turbo under the bonnet, it had the exhaust note of a tractor that did nothing for the aural senses. Fitted with not one but three catalytic converters, it almost completely neutered the engine’s growl.

In terms of drivability, the sports clutch did cause some problems for city dwellers who had to deal with start-stop traffic around town. It does take some herculean effort to work the sports clutch which made a 30 min drive in city traffic equivalent to a ‘leg day’ work out in the gym.

To start with, the Megane RS was already a handsome car that had equal parts muscle and grace. So it wasn’t surprising that Renault left the exterior untouched. But what has changed though are the new 19-inch matt black ‘flower-petal’ five spoke wheels that follow the tradition of wearing sticky Michielins.  


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 265bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 360Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 192.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 255 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4299 x 2037 x 1990) mm
Wheelbase 2636 mm
Turning Circle 11.35 metres
Kerb Weight 1379 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs