When we were out testing the all-new Megane RS in Spain, the car was tipped to cost around £29,000. That’s a good deal, right? Especially considering that a Honda Civic Type R is £2500 more. Well, it turns out the hot Megane is even cheaper than that.
The car goes on sale today in the UK for £27,495 on the road, and if you order one in May, Renault will throw in the Cup chassis package for free. That includes a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential, stiffer springs, dampers and a firmer anti-roll bar, plus some red paint for the brake calipers which must add at least 5bhp.
The very attractive opening price puts the RS £500 under the Hyundai i30 N in Performance specification, and although the Renault doesn’t have quite the same level of equipment fitted as standard, that seems like one hell of a good price. It’s over £4000 less than a Civic Type R too.
With 276bhp from its 1.8-litre turbocharged inline-four it isn’t quite as potent as the the Honda, but we dig the way it favours agility over outright firepower. It’s also available with something neither the Type R nor the i30 N have on their options list: a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Tick that box, at you’re looking at a £29,195 starting price.
After May, the Cup chassis will be priced at £1500. Other options include 19-inch wheels at £950, a because racecar Alantara steering wheel for £250, a £400 reversing camera and beefier ‘bi-material’ Brembo brakes for £900.
First UK deliveries kick off this July.