Renault Sport is a division built around the “Cinderella” story. You see, these guys take care of Renault’s motorsport activities, so to say that they are obsessed with speed would be an understatement. A major one!
Whenever a standard Renault enters their laboratories, the head of the development department climbs aboard and drives to whatever location his homologue that takes care of standard Renaults is at that time. On his way, he evaluates the vehicle’s dynamic abilities. We don’t know why, but every time, the latter ends up being punched in the face. Then, the man gets back, gathers his team and transforms the pauper into a prince (we know, this is another story).
Thus, every vehicle that wears the Renault Sport badge will not only bring out the
monster in you, but also please this side of your personality. The Megane RS 250 has a heavy burden on its fenders, as the fiercest incarnation of its predecessor, the Megane R26.R was a hot hatch so fast that people though it was fueled by lava from hell. And if any of the stylingcues look familiar, maybe it's because you remember the 2009 Megane Trophy V6-powered race car.
And there’s more: the hot hatch segment is probably the most effervescent go-fast area in the automotive industry today, so the competition is fierce to say the least. Nowadays, hot hatches manage to lap certain racetracks faster than sports cars.
And this is what the Megane RS does - we decided to take the car for a test drive shortly after its beefed-up, track-focused version, the Megane RS Trophy, made a fool out of the BMW 1M Coupe on the Nurburgring (you can read more about this in one
of our editorials).
Thus, we got to play with the Cup version, which brings goodies such as a mechanical limited slip differential and a chassis that is 15 percent stiffer.
But are 250 hp enough in a time when some hot hatches dare to exceed the 300 hp barrier by a hefty margin? 1, 2....6 seconds, we’re at 62 mph and on our way to find out! You’d better hold on tight, as the the track we’ve chosen as a part of our test has some pretty tricky corners!Continue reading