honda-nsx-concept-bringing-legend-life TC Eurocars, distributors of Renault cars, yesterday unleashed a newer version of the popular front-wheel sports car, the Renault Megane RS in RS 265 Cup and RS RBR (Red Bull Racing) guises.

Renault Megane RS 265 Cup at a glance

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At a glance, the RS 265 gets a more aggressive front end and an F1-style front blade. There are also two rows of six LEDs and darkened headlights masks for that coveted racing car appeal. New 18-inch matt black “Tibor” alloy wheels complete the RS 265’s exterior motifs, while side skirts and extended wheel arches and a larger than life wing spoiler define the car’s side and rear.

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The new interior trims showcase a sport ambience; black lacquer finish for the center console and airvents surrounds, plus a carbon-effect finish to the door panel inserts and Recaro bucket seats add to the cabin’s unmistakably sporty feel.

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For the RS RBR version, the 265 is emphasized by the Etoile Black body color and the contrasting use of Renault’s Sport’s emblematic Sirius Yellow at the front end, door mirror housings at the side and diffuser at the rear. The roof sports a black chequered flag pattern decal, while RBR’s official emblem adorns either side of the front door to highlight Renault’s F1 roots. Inside, RBR as 2011 RB7 Formula 1 Champions with the RS27 engine code insignia is represented in the cabin, plus a list of sports accessories and give-aways: Recaro seats, a special edition gear knob and a limited edition numbered plaque signed by triple champion Sebastian Vettel.

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The Renault Megane RS 265 Cup/RBR essentially replaces the two-year old Megane RS 250 Cup. Renault tweaked the world’s fastest front-wheel drive RS 265 according to similar specifications of the RS 250, and it turned out the RS 265 Trophy recorded a fastest lap time of 8 minutes:08 seconds at the Nurburgring ‘Nordschleife’ in June 2011. In other European motorsport circles, the production-based Megane RS N4 took honors at the Belgian and German Rally Championships. On home turf, the RS 265 Cup rounded the 5.543km Sepang International Circuit in a credible quick lap time of 2:41, that’s :02 secs better than the RS 250 Cup car. From the improved lap times, you can tell that the RS 265 has a higher power output and is way more nimble on corners and esses than the older version.

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The fact sheet shows the RS 265 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant, true to its code, provides a maximum output of 265hp, 15 hp more than its predecessor, and 370 Nm of torque at 3000 – 5000 rpm. Its turbo capability hits higher levels at an uprated 2.5 bar for an additional 0.2 bar increase from the previous edition, thanks to a new air intake design and higher running temperature. Additionally, the aural sensation produced has been revised to ensure a satisfying pitch at all revs. much attributed to a wider exhaust and a reinforced sound pipe. Furthermore, the Renault FWD sports car goes from 0 – 100km/h in 6 secs and tops out at 250 km/h, 5 km/h up on the RS 250. With that kind of output, you’d need some immense stopping power, fret not; the RS 265 features powerful brakes: the four-pot Brembo calipers and 340mm-diameter ventilated discs at the front, which happens to be the largest in the hot hatch segment.

In addition, the 265’s finely-tuned chassis and LSD (limited slip differential) work hand in hand to deliver improved traction, drivability and road-holding. But that’s not all, the RS 265 is more efficient too at 8.2 litres/100km combined cycle and 190g of CO2/km.

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The Renault Megane RS 265 Cup is priced at RM 240,888, while for that lil’ Sebastian Vettel in you the RS RBR is 9k extra at RM 249,888.00. The suggested prices are on-the-road with insurance and inclusive of 3-year/100,000km warranty.