Renault has announced that the 2016 Megane RS Cup will come with a more powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as part of the new model upgrades.
Replacing the old 195kW engine that powered the RS 265, the new 2016 base model Megane RS will now come standard with the same 201kW, 360Nm engine that is currently available in the more extreme Trophy-R Limited Edition. In Europe at least, there will also be two new trim levels, including a more luxurious 275 Nav and more hardcore 275 Cup-S.
But Megane RS drivers won’t have access to the full 201kW of power every time they start the car, with it defaulting to 184kW in normal mode. Instead, the driver must switch the car to ‘sport’ mode, and only then will the full 201kW’s be available. In this mode, the Megane RS will hit 100km/h in just six seconds, and on to a top speed of 254km/h.
The ‘luxurious’ 275 Nav will be marketed as a more relaxed version of the Megane RS, which will come with a more forgiving ‘Sport’ chassis setup. The Nav will also come with heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and satellite navigation including Renault’s R-Link infotainment system.
For that, you’ll need to opt for the more hardcore 275 Cup-S, which will have a more aggressive chassis setting, with stiffer anti-roll bars, stiffer springs, new shock absorbers and come standard with the limited slip diff. For those interested in tracking their Cup-S, there will also be an option to fit Ohlins adjustable shock absorbers and also an Akrapovic sports exhausts, with the former set to improve handling the the latter reducing the weight of the vehicle by 4kg. Renault will also offer owners the option of fitting more track orientated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which should increase grip levels and steering precision significantly.
In line with the 275 Nav’s luxury aspirations, it misses out on the Cup-S’s limited slip differential as standard, but it will be available as an option along with the Cup-S’s more hardcore chassis. Perhaps an easier way to explain this would be you can purchase a Cup-S with the Nav’s leather seats and other goodies optioned in.
Both models will be released in Europe in November, with pricing set to remain almost unchanged.