Renault: Megane goes from strength to strength

Andrew Hopkins

Renault have an absolute cracker in the pipeline: the Megane Coupe Renaultsport 250. The Renaultsport soubriquet signals that this Megane will be following in the footsteps of its legendary predecessors, the Gordini and the Alpine. Visually, the new Renault differs from its sister models by virtue of the LED day-running lights, huge air vents and central exhaust pipe. The vehicle is powered by a two-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 250bhp. Coincidentally, the horsepower also matches the top speed in km/h: 250 (155mph). The Megane Renaultsport thus boasts 26bhp more than its predecessor and manages the 0 to 62mph sprint in 6.1 seconds. This sporty French number reaches the showrooms before the end of the month (October 2009). Renault are yet to announce the price.