The new Renault Mégane RS 265 has finally landed in South Africa. You’ll spot the most significant changes at the front – it’s gained the facial tweaks that were rolled out onto the standard Mégane range last year. There are blade inserts in the front bumper and new daytime running lights. At the rear, it still has that centre-mounted exhaust and an F1-inspired diffuser.
Not much has been changed on the inside. And this is a point that garners criticism across the Mégane range. But the RS has all those hot hatchback frills we love: embroidered logos, drilled aluminium pedals and the like. Those leather seats are also electrically adjustable and heated.
Power still comes from a two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 195kW and 360Nm paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The claimed 0-100km/h time is six seconds flat and top speed is pegged at 250km/h. Renault is also extending the courtesy of their advanced driver training programme to RS customers.
Standard features include a TomTom navigation system, Bluetooth, keyless-go and cruise control with a speed limiter. The RS starts off at R389 900. And there is a small options list consisting of a panoramic roof (R8000); rear camera (R5000) and a special Sirius Yellow paint choice for R20 000. Included in the price is Renault’s five-year/150 000km warranty.