Renault unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the new family of Megane models, topping the lineup with the high-performance version: the Renault Sport 265. The model received an updated exterior look that includes a new hood and headlights, plus some elements inspired F1 technology.
If you remember, a special edition Megane RS 265 Trophy smashed the Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars back in 2011, and it was to expected for the new Megane R.S. to pay tribute to that model. From the Trophy model this new Megane R.S. borrows a few design elements, like the 19-inches wheels wrapped in the same Bridgestone high-performance tires used to set the world record.
The model comes equipped with limited-slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a chassis offered in two configurations — Sport or Cup — allowing the driver to enjoy it at its full potential.
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The new Megane R.S. features a new design language with a new hood and larger Renault logo set off by a gloss-black background. Up front, there are new headlights with gloss-black ’eyelids’.
The front bumper now features an F1 splitter, while an optional R.S. Design pack adds a few exterior features painted red, including the F1 splitter, lower door protectors and rear spoiler.
On the interior, the new Megane R.S. adds Recaro seats with dual-fabric leather-cloth upholstery and Renault Sport embroidery on the head restraints.
Adding some tech to the interior is a Renault R-Link connected multimedia tablet, with the R.S. Monitor 2.0 data acquisition system. The Monitor 2.0 system allows you to display real-time inputs from about 15 sensors, including torque and power curves, a GG diagram and plenty of other useful functions. Additionally, if you download your track plan from a USB device, you can even use the automatic stopwatch function to track your progress, lap by lap.
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
Under the hood, the model features an improved 2.0T Renault Sport 220 engine with a total output of 265 horsepower. The engine is combined with a limited-slip differential to help keep the tires gripping the asphalt at their maximum efficiency.
Getting you through the twit is a set of 19-inch black wheels with grey striping wrapped in Bridgestone high-performance tires, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a chassis offered in two configurations: Sport or Cup.
Prices for the new Renault Megane RS 265 will be announced at a later date.
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The Megane R.S. is placed on the top of the Megane lineup. In the past, the model scored some great results, like the record set at Nurburgring by the Megane RS 265 Trophy version. With all the improvements received, the 2014 Megane R.S. 265 is getting even better, and we expect improved results from it.
- Updated exterior look
- Powerful engine
- F1-inspired elements
- No prices
Gallery Renault Megane RS 265
The emblematic Mégane performance models are also taking on the new Renault design identity. Alongside the new design features, Mégane R.S. has gained the R.S. Replay function, available on R.S. Monitor 2.0. The GT trim is now available with the 2.0T Renault Sport 220 engine.
An even more sophisticated Mégane R.S.
Topping the Mégane range, the R.S. version was designed to deliver maximum driving pleasure. With its 2.0 16V 265 engine, limited slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a choice between two chassis types (Sport or Cup), Mégane R.S. groups a range of technologies illustrating the complete expertise of Renault Sport.
The styling of Mégane R.S. gains even more character with the brand’s new design identity. The new bonnet features a larger Renault logo set off by a gloss black background.
The new headlights, contributing to the appeal of the new line, gain gloss black ’eyelids’. Featuring a lens and white comma design, these headlights amplify the light beam for excellent lighting at night. As a nod to Renault’s success in Formula 1, the new front bumper features an F1 splitter, a styling feature found across the Renault Sport range.
New Mégane R.S. now comes with features based on those introduced with the limited series Mégane R.S. Red Bull Racing RB8:
- Recaro seats with dual-fabric leather-cloth upholstery and Renault Sport embroidery on the head restraints,
- the Renault R-Link connected multimedia tablet, with version 2.0 of the R.S. Monitor 2.0 data acquisition system compatible with the new R.S. Replay function,
*optional 19’’ black wheels with grey striping , mated with Bridgestone high-performance tires as used by Mégane Trophy for its front-wheel-drive lap record at Nürburgring.
Reserved for fans of exclusive design, the optional R.S. Design pack includes exterior features painted red: F1 splitter, lower door protectors and rear spoiler.
Integrated with the R-Link multimedia touch tablet, R.S. Monitor 2.0 groups a range of functions for data acquisition and live display. A fun all-round system that is unique on the market, R.S. Replay lets users display real-time inputs from around fifteen sensors, with torque and power curves, a GG diagram (longitudinal and lateral acceleration) and other functions. If you download your track plan from a USB device, you can even use the automatic stopwatch function to track your progress, lap by lap.
Users can save their data on a USB device and analyze it using the R.S. Replay software available on PC or Mac. This lets you ’play back’ your best times, displaying vehicle position on the track, instantaneous power, engine speed, steering wheel angle, pedal force, etc. Like the applications used in sporting competitions, the software includes a function to superimpose and compare the performance of two drivers.