2015 Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S
The increasing popularity of hot-hatches in Europe has given rise to an arms race of sorts among automakers in that part of the world. At the forefront of this is the Renault Mégane Sport, aka the Mégane RS. Bursting to life in 2004, the Mégane RS has become one of the most highly regarded hot-hatches in the world, including being named the “best hot hatch” by both What Car and Top Gear. Now Renault has launched the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S.
The launch of the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S paints a bright future for a hot-hatch segment that is suddenly welcoming a bunch of these cars into the fold. In addition to the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2016 Ford Focus RS are two other models in search of some bragging rights.
Supercars and sports cars will still be the preferred vehicles for those looking for high-powered joy rides. But hot-hatches like the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S are proof that customers can still satisfy their appetites for speed without having to dig too far down into their wallets.
The Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S will make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S.
2015 Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S
Horsepower @ RPM:250 @ 5500
0-60 time:6 sec.
Top Speed:158 mph
The Mégane RS 275 Cup-S bears a lot of design similarities with the 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy.
The model doesn’t have any of the graphics and liveries that defined the aesthetic looks of the RS 275 Trophy and Trophy-R.
The extended wheel arches and side moldings are still there, as are the F1-style front blade, the extended rear spoiler, and the rear diffuser. That’s to be expected since Renault is keen on keeping the improved aerodynamic performance these components provide the car.
The RS 275 Cup-S gets seven paint colors. Glacier White will be the standard finish on the model, but prospective buyers can also choose from six metallic colors, including the new Flame Red you see here. Other metallic finishes include Arctic White, Diamond Black, Mercury Silver, Titanium Grey, and Liquid Yellow.
The model doesn’t have any of the graphics and liveries of the RS 275 Trophy and Trophy-R. I suspect that Renault isn’t getting rid of those entirely and instead will make them available as options down the road.
Rounding out the notable exterior details are the set of 18-inch, matt black Tibor alloy wheels that come standard and are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires. Renault’s also offering 19-inch alloy wheels as an option.
If you’ve been inside past versions of the Mégane RS, you can familiarize yourselves fairly quickly in the cabin of the 275 Cup-S. All the details are where they’re supposed to be, including the Renaultsport analog tach and speedometer, drilled aluminum pedals, the three-mode Renaultsport Dynamic Management system, and the 4x20W radio and CD player with Bluetooth and an AUX input.
The top half of the dashboard and the steering wheel have been covered in Alcantara, with contrasting red stitching. The photos don’t give a clean shot of the RS seats, but I expect them to be the same as the Recaro bucket seats on the 275 Trophy.
The Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four engine that produces 250 horsepower in normal mode and as much as 275 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque when the Renaultsport Dynamic Management system is activated.
The total output is 10 horsepower more than the standard RS 265, and the same as the 275 Trophy and 275 Trophy-R. All that power is sent to the front wheels courtesy of a six-speed manual transmission. With these numbers, the 275 Cup-S is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds flat and on to a top speed of 158 mph.
|Output||250 HP @ 5,500 RPM|
|Torque||265 LB-FT @ 3,000 - 5,000 RPM|
|0 to 60 mph||6 seconds|
|Top Speed||158 MPH|
Exclusive to the 275 Cup-S is the presence of the PerfoHub double-axis front suspension. Its presence helps the car mitigates understeer and enhances straight line stability.
Renault also fitted the 275 Cup-S with the Cup Chassis Pack, to round it into shape for circuit use. The stiff anti-roll bar is important for a car like this, as are the firmer springs and dampers, the mechanical limited-slip differential, and the Brembo four-pot brake calipers.
Just like the 275 Trophy and Trophy-R, Renault’s also offering optional Ohlins adjustable dampers for the 275 Cup-S, allowing drivers the ability to adjust damper settings on the car for any type of road surface.
The Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S will retail for £23,935, which is about $36,454 based on current exchange rates. Unfortunately, the model won’t be sold in the US.
The Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S has no shortage of competitors, including one of the most well-regarded hot hatches in the segment: the Volkswagen Golf R.
As much as the Megane RS has become the darling of the hot-hatch of the world, the Golf R is still one of the most popular ones in the business. Familiarity is one thing the Golf R already has that the Megane RS is still trying to achieve. Part of that is because the Golf R is more of a global car than the Megane RS, and as such, is more recognized.
Then there’s the engine. The Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that pumps out 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, numbers that are slightly better than the Megane RS 275 Cup-S. The Golf R comes with standard 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, which means that the engine can take full advantage of sending power to all four wheels on its way to sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in as fast as 4.9 seconds with the DSG transmission. That’s over a second quicker than the Megane RS 275 Cup-S.
Picking between the Volkswagen Golf R and the Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S is like picking different difficulty settings in an RPG video game. You can choose “medium” (Golf R) and you can finish the game faster and a little easier compared to “hard” (Megane RS 275 Cup-S), which is going to be a little more challenging, but will no doubt be worth it if you can handle it.
One last thing in the Golf R’s favor? It’s available in the U.S., checking in at $36,595.
Read our full review here.
The Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S checks a lot of boxes in my hot-hatch checklist. It looks like a proper hot-hatch and it’s obvious that RenaultSport spent time and resources infusing it with racing technology. The interior doesn’t blow me off my feet, but I do like the leather and Alcantara in the cabin. Performance numbers are also impressive, even if some its rivals do better. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that it’s not headed to the U.S. But other than that, the Megane RS 275 Cup-S is a solid hot-hatch that should be a major player in the segment.