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Renault Megane R.S. Australian Grand Prix Limited Edition

February 24, 2012

Renault Australia is introducing the Renault Megane R.S. Australian Grand Prix Limited Edition. The unique variant will make its official debut at the 2012 Australia Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The Renault Megane R.S. is already a seriously spicy hot hatch, coming equipped with a taught chassis, performance brakes and suspension, and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 184kW and 340Nm. The AGP edition takes those fundamentals and extends upon them with a number cosmetic and mechanical highlights.

On the outside, the Megane AGP features a gloss black coat of paint with matching gloss black 19-inch Steev alloy wheels for that stealthy look. The wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone RE050A performance asymmetric tyres too, for added grip. Contrasting red-painted Brembo brake calipers sit behind the wheels for optimum stopping performance.

Inside, the Renault Megane R.S. Australian Grand Prix Limited Edition comes with Recaro bucket seats, wrapped in black leather, while the dash showcases a full satellite navigation 3D sound system. The system comes with a multimedia connection box with Bluetooth compatibility.

Other highlights include a fixed glass roof, climate control, Bi-xenon headlights, and a special plaque and build number. Just 50 examples will go on sale in March, with prices starting at $49,990 (excluding on-road costs) – around $3000 more than the normal Megane R.S. 250 Cupe Trophee.

An example of the special edition will be on display at this year’s Australian Grand Prix, including a demonstration race between it and the Renault Jet-Pack man around Albert Park circuit.

In other Megane news, Renault Australia has confirmed the local lineup will be getting the ‘RS265’ Euro engine, producing 198kW and 360Nm. The engine will replace the current 184kW ‘250hp’ currently on offer. Timing for the update is yet to be finalised.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.