Renault Megane RS250 hot hatch goes on sale in NZ

Renault Megane RS250 hot hatch goes on sale in NZ

Renault’s hot hatch, the Megane RS250 has just touched down in New Zealand.

It’s full name is the Renault Megane Renault Sport 250 and this French speedster is set to give Kiwi high performance hatch enthusiasts a new purchasing option.

The three door has a two litre turbocharged motor producing 184 kWs and 340 Nm of torque, which is fed to the road through a six speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. It can cross off the 0-100kph sprint in 6.1 seconds and has an overall fuel consumption of just 8.7 litres/100 kms.

The Megane RS250 will be made available in two specification levels – “Cup” and “Trophee” models and will sell from $51,990.

Standard wheel fitment is 18 inch alloy wheels shod with 235/40 ZR18 tyres. Visible behind the alloys are four piston Brembo ventilated disc brakes, which make use of ABS and EBD. The chassis includes a traction control system and an electronic safety programme.

It’s this chassis which has helped the Megane RS250 when compared to other hot hatch rivals, many of which have similar straight line performance. This high handling ability has led to the Megane RS250 winning a load of awards overseas including Britain’s “What Car” best hot hatch.

Features on the RS250 Cup model include cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, rear fog lights and parking sensors, headlight washers, an engine immobiliser and six speaker sound system with multimedia capability and Bluetooth.

It also includes remote central locking with a card key, a height and reach adjustable leather covered steering wheel, height and lumbar adjustable driver’s seat, alloy pedals, dual zone climate control and heated door mirrors.

The top-spec Trophee model adds Recaro front seats, tyre pressure monitor, hands free smart card key for entry and engine starting, an 8 speaker sound system, foldable door mirrors and, 19 inch alloy wheels, with 235/35 tyres. There are chromed door handles and a grey diffuser and front spoiler.

The Megane RS250 is available in seven colours, yellow, blue, red, silver, white, grey and black and comes with a three year, 100,000 kms warranty.

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