Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S
The heart of any high-performance car is its engine, which in the case of the Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S is a Renaultsport-developed 2.0-litre turboc...More »
Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S
The heart of any high-performance car is its engine, which in the case of the Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S is a Renaultsport-developed 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. In normal mode it develops 250hp at 5,500rpm for comfortable everyday performance driving, but through the Renaultsport Dynamic Management system this can be increased to 275hp for truly scintillating response. At the same time there is maximum torque of 360Nm, available across a broad rev band from 3,000 to 5,000rpm. The gearbox is a slick-shifting six-speed manual with ratios chosen to maximise the dynamic performance of the engine.
Acceleration from 0-62mph is attainable in 6.0 seconds and the top speed is 158mph. Yet this EU6-compliant powerhouse also addresses today's concerns about fuel efficiency and emissions. With the aid of the Stop&Start engine cut-off system it has an NEDC combined fuel economy of 37.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of 174g/km.
The Renaultsport Dynamic Management system which gives access to the full 275hp has three modes linked to the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In Normal mode the car develops 250hp and has standard throttle mapping with the ESC fully on. Sport mode raises the power to 275hp and has sport throttle mapping and later ESC intervention. Race mode also delivers 275hp with sport throttle mapping, but switches off the ESC completely.
The focused and finely-honed nature of the Mégane Renaultsport models continues to be evident in the PerfoHub double-axis front suspension, which sets them apart from the rest of the Mégane range. This has been engineered to overcome the drawbacks commonly associated with powerful front-wheel-drive cars, such as self-steering input through tight corners and poor straight-line stability. The 275 Cup-S also has the proven Cup Chassis Pack with mechanical limited-slip differential, red paint on the Brembo four-pot brake calipers, firmer springs and dampers and a stiffer anti-roll bar, making it ideal for circuit use.
The 275 Cup-S can be supplemented with a number of options developed in conjunction with performance component specialists to further hone performance and enjoyment as follows:
Öhlins Road & Track adjustable dampers
Representing an evolution of technology employed in motorsport and on the Mégane N4 rally car, these allow drivers to adjust the damper settings for optimum performance in line with road conditions and driving style.
First offered on the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy and Trophy-R, the optional Öhlins adjustable dampers, unlike conventional models with rods, feature a sliding cartridge, a design feature that reduces the shear forces that can 'block' the moving rod.
They also use DFV (Dual Flow Valve) technology, a major innovation that functions on both rebound and compression. Their speed of operation, at both low and high frequencies, keeps the tyre in contact with the ground in almost all circumstances. In the event of heavy usage, the internal bleed valve maintains consistent damping quality even when the fluid heats up.
As requested by Renaultsport, the Öhlins Road & Track dampers are fitted with a hydraulic compression stop at the front. The PDS (Progressive Damping System) provides additional damping capacity at the end of the compression phase, when the car brakes hard or hits a bump.
The dampers are adjustable and, with 20 positions at the front and 30 at the rear, the car can adapt precisely to all types of surface and all driving styles. To help owners make the most of the Öhlins adjustable dampers, an online tutorial has been provided at the www.renaultsport.com website.
Akrapovič lightweight titanium exhaust system
The renowned Slovenian manufacturer of exhaust systems for motorcycles and performance cars, has designed a bespoke titanium exhaust system that cuts 4kg from the vehicle weight and generates a more raucous, sporty note.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres
Road homologated yet ideal for circuit use this ultra-high performance tyre is fitted on many supercars and was first fitted to a front-wheel drive car as standard on the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R. After testing at several tracks, a version of the tyre was jointly approved for the Mégane Renaultsport. The Pilot Sport Cup 2 is designed to offer better grip, more precise steering, more consistent performance at high speeds as well as improved endurance and versatility.
The specification of the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S has been carefully chosen to provide everything the performance hatch enthusiast needs while ensuring the car is accessible to the greatest number of buyers.
There are Renaultsport extended wheel arches and side protection mouldings, the Renaultsport F1-style front blade and rear diffuser with gloss black sections and a Renaultsport extended rear spoiler, all of which improve aerodynamic performance and increase downforce. The door mirrors have gloss black shells and are electrically operated and heated and there are electric front windows. The 18-inch 'Tibor' alloys have a matt black finish and are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres.
19-inch alloy wheels are available instead of the standard 18-inch rims. In keeping with Renaultsport's policy of always offering the optimum handling set-up, different tyre and wheel combinations are available depending on wheel size and the suspension fitted to the vehicle.
Inside, the 275 Cup-S is fitted with logoed Renaultsport seats, a Renaultsport analogue rev counter and speedometer, drilled aluminium pedals, a leather Renaultsport steering wheel, the three-mode Renaultsport Dynamic Management system, air conditioning, a 4x20W radio and CD player with Bluetooth and an AUX input, keycard entry, cruise control, speed limiter and comes with the Renault Anti-Intruder Device, which automatically locks the doors above 6mph.Hide -