2013 Renault Megane RS RB8 revealed
It's based on the Cup version of the car, and is being built to mark Renault and Red Bull Racing’s third Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship win. Only 30 examples will be shipped to the UK.
The Megane Renaultsport has been one of our favourite hot hatches since 2010. The limited-edition RB8 is available only in Twilight Blue – mimicking Red Bull's F1 cars – with grey detailing on the front grille blade, door mirror caps and rear spoiler.
The car has a liberal sprinkling of Red Bull Racing branding on the sides and tailgate, as well as inside on the sills, mats and seats.
As per the Cup version, the RB8 has stiffer suspension, a limited-slip differential and uprated Brembo brakes. The RB8 also features Recaro sports seats, Renault’s R-Link touch-screen infotainment system and a navigation system.
The R-Link screen is also used for an updated version of the Renaultsport Monitor, which can display GPS-tracked laptimes, plus 0-62mph times and g-force readouts, with the option to save data to a USB dongle.
Order books for the RB8 will open in mid-June, with UK pricing to be confirmed closer to the launch.
By Ed Callow