|The approximately 3-year old, 65,000 km Renault Megane RS 250 recently reached our hands, courtesy of distributors TC Euro cars. For our next test, we hope that TC Euro Cars would speed up a test preview of the latest rendition of the newer Megane RS 265 and allow a full 3-day preview.|
However, we understood that Renault Malaysia/TC Eurocars carry only limited units of the world’s fastest front-wheel drive car; in fact there are only 5 units of the Renault Megane RS 265 when it debut in the market (see our previous feature). At the beginning of the year the five units had been sold out. To date, TC Eurocars only had a unit of each the old Megane RS 250 and 265 to be shared between the customers and the media.
Motorsportchannel.com’s Associate writer had the Renault Megane RS 250 for a couple of hours stint and would have appreciated it further if he could drive it to his favorite evaluation spot over the weekend. But, TC Eurocars recalled it for a customer on the weekend. Therefore, we should count blessings despite only having a short stint with the face-pace-to-exhilaration Megane RS 250.
Short stint with the Renault Megane RS 250
So with only a few hours drive, there weren’t too many qualms about the Renault Megane RS 250. Superior handling was one of the major traits of the Megane RS 250, and the obvious built-for-track car with Renault Sport elements was presented like it was most suited to the track. From the outside, the Renault Megane RS 250 serves up a track car semblance and on the inside, it’s even more noticeable, thanks to the deep-seated Recaro seats that hold you firmly in place.
Renault Megane RS 250 buttons and knobs
The French are not really known for their humor, which is why we found it a bit puzzling on the location of certain buttons placement. Must be a French thing for an attempt to be different. Innovation and research yes, being different, trying too hard I guess. For example, the auto cruise button was located at both the center arm rest and the steering wheel of the vehicle. In a sentence many buttons were oddly placed, when compared to numerous auto marques. The car wasn’t amazingly comfortable, but more rather adequately or reasonably comfortable due to a firmer suspension setup and low-profile tyres. Cornering was not at all an issue, with the Renault Megane 250 RS. Unfortunately if we had more time, we could probably push the car to greater limits before finding out where and how it would give out during cornering. Nonetheless, we managed to push the car to reasonably high speeds and discover the car’s turn limits.
Now since cornering was not an issue, there is another new element that sports cars have that are usually not common with road going cars. This is what handling is often referred to. The Renault Megane RS 250’s nimbleness and stiffness and ability to cut from one lane to another were rather remarkable, making the 250 RS a desirable car for the Fast & Furious wannabes.
Despite flooring the accelerator rather frequently, the writer found out that the Renault Megane RS 250 didn’t seem to supply enough power to blaze the road, although accelerations were quick. He struggled to keep ahead of a modified 1.8-liter local-make car at certain times; the local-make was natural aspirated and had a light body and low curb weight. According to the writer, the Renault Megane RS 250 began to pull away at higher speeds, but at lower range of 20 to 130 km/h it was almost neck to neck against the 1.8l N/A.
It must be recognized that the Renault Megane RS 250 has a pretty decent engine, but the weight of the vehicle at 1400 kilos is still a heavy load to pull for a 2.0l turbo engine. The writer drove the Megane RS 250 reasonably hard, but still felt that several fundamentals were missing. These fundamentals consisted; adequate acceleration that’s not particularly quick on tight bends and in some instances, the car handled real well around corners but there weren’t much feedbacks to the driver; indicating that the Renault Megane RS 250 has supreme built quality or it is too ‘Continental’.
If the Renault Megane RS 250 had 250bhp and Rear-wheel drive, the writer is willing to bet his life that the car would corner and accelerate with greater ease as cornering and accelerating would be independent of each other. No matter how smart the electronics in a car is, it’s just not going to outdo a proper rear wheel drive vehicle in terms of handling and acceleration on equal terms. The Megane RS’ transmission was pretty sweet and forgiving, with very precise and quick gear changes; according to the writer.
Renault Megane RS Price and Availability
But honestly what kind of vehicle can we get at this price range. Well lets not forget the German counter parts. There are plenty of 2.0l turbo engines but most importantly rear wheel drive variants in the market at this price range, or maybe just slightly more. Would I prefer a Renault Megane RS over them? Perhaps not, especially if the alternative also comes with four doors. It just doesn’t make sense to fork out RM 240,000 when I could get something better with four doors RWD system for RM 260,000, does it?