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The Renaultsport Megane has been given a power boost to keep it at the top of its game. The new 265 model has, as expected, 265PS which equates to 263bhp. The previous Megane 250 was very impressive, meaning the updated version has a lot to live up to.
Subtle changes have been made to the new Renault's appearance. The model has been given brand new wheels and an addition red set of stickers for the bodywork, while on the inside red stitching appears on the gear lever, handbrake and steering wheel, and even red seatbelts.
Two separate models are available to choose from, the Renaultsport 265 and 265 Cup, both with a fantastic driving position. The standard model includes classy electrically adjustable leather seats , whereas the Cup version has supportive Recaros and 19 inch alloys which are comfortable either on the track or driving around city centres.
The extra power of the 2.0 litre turbo is due to a remap, with torque rising to 360Nm, increasing 20Nm from the Megane 250. Whichever vehicle you choose, both options are an exciting drive.
The Renaultsport also releases an impressive noise, grunting as it accelerates with a pleasant pop as you're simply cruising. The throttle gives an instant response, with perfectly weighted and responsive metal pedals. The gearbox is perfectly placed to allow for slick shifting and thus making the most of the torque.
There are a number of modes for electronic stability control. Sport mode means there is less wheelspin and more partial to understeer, while fluent driving will make the most of the the performance. Turning off the ESP will give much more wheelspin, but the superb sports diff means there's a great deal of traction out of corners, while when braking the back end moves slightly more.
The impressive Renaultsport Megane 265 is expected to be going on sale from April this year. The brand new model will be available from £24,825, £710 more than the 250 model.