Renault has revealed the Limited Edition Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy offering 15bhp extra and cosmetic tweaks. Just 500 to be built.
Logically, you’d assume that the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy is a replacement for the Mégane Renaultsport 250 which debuted back in 2009. But no. At least not according to Renault, who we guess should know.
Instead of being a replacement for the Mégane Renaultsport 250, Renault say that the Mégane Renaultsport 265 is a Limited Edition of the Megane 250 and will be built in limited numbers. Just 500 are being built, with just 50 of those coming to the UK.
So what does this ‘Limited Edition’ Mégane Renaultsport 265 have to offer over and above its regular production sibling?
You’ve probably already guessed that it gets an extra 15 metric horses, for a total of 265PS (261bhp). Torque also goes up by the same amount – you now get 266lb/ft – which trims a whole 0.1 seconds off the 0-60mph.
As far as we can see there are no changes to the 250’s suspension setup, although the Renaultsport 265 does get shod with some expensive Bridgestone Potenza RE050A rubber.
So apart from the modest power boost the Megane Renaultsport 265 is a cosmetic job. There’s the de rigeur set of posh alloys – these are 19″ gloss black with red highlights – badges dotted around the place and a set of LED running lights.
Inside you get treated to Recaro chairs and yellow seatbelts and a Reanaultsport Monitor that allows you to play at boy racers and get real time feedback on acceleration, lap times (that’s round the car park and back for most buyers), g-force (the ouch-meter) and engine performance.
The toys, cosmetic fripperies and the extra fifteen Continental horses will cost you £27,820. That’s almost £4k more than the Megane 250.
Which just seems too much.
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