Megane Renaultsport 265 from 24,825

* 265 Cup to cost 24,825 * Standard model from 26,025 * Adds new options and more power...

Megane Renaultsport 265 from 24,825

The new Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 will cost from 24,825 when it goes on sale in early April.

The Megane Renaultsport 265 comes with a Sport mode that boosts the default power setting of 247bhp to 261bhp 14bhp more than the 250 model it replaces. It also changes the exhaust note to provide a more sporty soundtrack.

The extra power shaves a tenth off the 0-62mph sprint, with the 256 taking 6.0 seconds. The top speed is boosted by 2mph to 158mph.

New options include a 350 Red Styling Pack, which adds red striping on the front blade, rear diffuser and side protection mouldings.

A rear camera and front parking sensors are also available for 360, while a fatigue-detection system adds 300.

Buyers who want the Cups firmer suspension can pay 1350 to add it to the more luxurious 265. They'll also get 18-inch black alloys, grooved disc brakes with red calipers, a limited-slip differential and Michelin Sport 2 tyres.

The basic Cup comes with cloth upholstery, while the standard 265 adds leather and electrically powered seat adjustment.

The cars are available to order now, with Cup versions from 24,825, while the standard 265 will start at 26,025.

Tom Webster