Renault is ready to give its hottest hatch a shot in the arm with a power upgrade in store for the 2016 Renaultsport Mégane. Next year will see the current Mégane 265 given its marching orders, paving the way for two new variants to take centre stage; the 275 Cup S and the 275 Nav.
The faces may be familiar but as the name suggests the 275 siblings up the ante in the power department with a healthy 10bhp boost. Both underpinned by the same 275bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine as the limited-edition Mégane 275 Trophy-R track star, the new arrivals for 2016 will cater for the needs of road going petrol-heads and race track thrill seekers alike.
As the natural replacement for the 265, the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Nav is the least wild of the upcoming pairing with a set-up specifically angled towards everyday driving on the road. As such, you can expect to see a generous helping of creature comforts on-board, including standard features such as automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, hands-free keycard entry system, rear parking sensors and Renault’s R-Link v2 infotainment system. Of course, being a Renaultsport creation, the Mégane 275 Nav does have its wild side. That extra morsel of power coupled with a ‘Sport’ chassis as standard is sure to uphold the Mégane Renaultsport’s prodigious levels of handling and precise cornering whilst also giving the 2016 hot hatch some extra bite in a straight line.
As mentioned above, the 275 Nav and its barer, track roaming brother the 275 Cup S share the same 2.0 litre powertrain. 266lb/ft torque plus the additional 10bhp will see both the 2016 Mégane Renaultsports pass 62mph from a standing start in 6.0 seconds and red-line at 158mph. Power is harnessed through a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox.
As well as doing away with many of the aforementioned interior gadgets and replacing them with Renaultsport seats, an analogue rev counter and speedo and drilled aluminium pedals, the track-focused 275 Cup S edition differentiates itself from its sibling thanks to its Cup chassis pack. Honed specifically for the race circuit, the Cup S’s undercarriage features double-axis front suspension to iron out understeer through tight corners and keep straight-line wobble to a minimum. Additionally, the Cup chassis pack throws in a limited-slip differential, red Brembo brake calipers, firmer springs and dampers and a stiffer anti-roll bar all as standard. The Cup S also gets the option of 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 18-inch rims fitted with Michelin sports tyres.
Both versions are available in a choice of six colours with prices starting from £25,935 for the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Nav and £23,935 for the stripped-out 275 Cup S. Order books for the 2016 Mégane Renaultsport duo are already open and one of these fine hot hatches could be in your garage by November this year.