Megane Renault Sport 250 Cup - Review

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Codename.47, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Codename.47

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    What is it?

    Renault's feisty 2.0-litre hot hatch. If you fancy an EVO or STI, do yourself a favour and have a good, long hard look at one of these. It's that good (without qualification).

    How much?

    The Megane Renault Sport 250 Cup is priced from $41,990 while the harder edged Trophee version is $46,990.

    What are competitors?

    Mitsubishi's Lancer Ralliart and of course Sooby's evergreen WRX, both of which are around the same price (avantgarde styling might put conservative punters off)

    What's under the bonnet?

    Motivation comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylidner engine that pumps out 184kW at 5500 revs and 340Nm at 3000 revs. 80 per cent of torque is available from 1900 revs. Drive is through a six-speed manual box, with a limited slip diff and Brembo stoppers.

    How does it go?

    0-100km/h in 6.1 secs. Don't fall into the trap of arguing this has got more power than that. This has got all the get up and go you need and is one of the finest handling fronties you'll ever experience. With 80 per cent of the torque available from 1900 revs, acceleration is smooth and responsive thanks to the twin scroll turbocharger and continuously variable intake valve timing.

    Is it economical?

    Takes premium unleaded. Rated at 8.7 litres/100km (bog standard car 8.2). We clocked up 400km at a rate of 9.0 litres/100km (even with a bit of twisty stuff thrown in).

    Is it green?

    Surprisingly, it gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from the Govt's Green Guide, producing 201g/km of CO2.

    Is it safe?

    You bet. Scores five out of five in crash tests.

    Is it comfortable?

    Fits like a glove. Short shifting manual is forward mounted and falls easily to hand. Features an independent steering axis layout at the front where the suspension and steering functions have been separated to ensure a particularly high standard of handling and traction performance.

    What's it like to drive?

    Let's just say it will put a smile on your dial. Not a lot of rear vision, but you're going to be more worried about what's in front rather than behind. Ride quality depends on the surface, but it remains suprisingly settled on bumpy country roads. Wicked turn of speed with incredible levels of grip who needs all wheel drive?

    Is it value for money?

    For the price it's a steal. Only option metallic paint at $800. Pity it doesn't include satnav.

    Would we buy one?

    Show me where to sign. Bang for your buck, this rates up there with the best of them.


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