Renault Megane R.S. 265 on sale in Australia from $42,640

Renault Australia is set to launch the new 2012 Renault Megane R.S. 265 hot hatch. It’ll be available in three trim levels – Cup, Trophy, Trophy Plus – from August 28, replacing the already super-hot R.S. 250.

As you might have guessed, the new model is powered by a 265hp engine. It consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 195kW of power and 360Nm of torque, sent through to the front wheels.

The new more powerful engine is matched up to a six-speed manual transmission (no auto option), and is capable of propelling the pocket rocket from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds.

Despite being more powerful, the new model is more fuel efficient with an average fuel economy rating of 8.2L/100km – down from the R.S. 250’s 8.7L/100km official average.

Highlights for the new model include a limited-slip differential at the front, LED daytime running lights infused into a freshly designed front bumper bar, a sporty bodykit including a chunky rear diffuser, black highlights throughout, and a sporty interior with bolstered seats.

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The new model also features an advanced new exhaust system to ensure the engines belches out a barking soundtrack. A Sport button further enhances the sound, adding in pops and cracks during throttle lift.

Prices for the new model are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

2012 Renault Megane R.S. 265 Cup – $42,640
2012 Renault Megane R.S. 265 Trophy – $47,140
2012 Renault Megane R.S. 265 Trophy Plus – $51,640

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.