The new Renault Mégane Renault Sport can now be ordered in the UK, with prices for the 276bhp hot hatch starting at £27,495 and first deliveries due in July.
That price places the new performance five-door, which has a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing 276bhp and 288lb ft, £500 below the Hyundai i30N in its 271bhp Performance spec. It also makes the Mégane RS £3500 cheaper than the 316bhp Honda Civic Type R. The Ford Focus RS and new Seat Leon Cupra R both have more than 300bhp but are more expensive to buy.
As a signal of the Mégane RS's driver focus, buyers who order their car in May are also offered a free upgrade to the Cup chassis, which will become a £1500 option from next month.
Buyers wanting the optional EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox (a six-speed manual is standard) will need to pay £29,195 for their Mégane RS.
Renault Sport says its new model driver-focused that it more than makes up its 40bhp power deficit to the Civic Type R with its trick four-wheel steering system.
This '4Control' technology is claimed to boost the agility and stability of the car.
“Fitting four-wheel steering was the biggest decision we had to make,” said Renault Sport chief Patrice Ratti.
“We did a lot of studies and computer simulations and then put [the system] on the previous-generation Mégane RS to create a mule and assess what was possible.