The Renault Megane may not be a forgotten hot hatch on the streets here, but it is certainly ignored by many. That happens when you have very little clue what this hot hatch packs. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that’s mated to a six-speed PK4 manual transmission to deliver a blistering 247bhp, the 2010 Renault Megane 250 Cup isn’t only packed in performance, but provides exhilarating handling as well.
Compared to the standard Megane, the 250 Cup is uprated with race-ready specs, which includes lower and stiffer springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a limited slip differential and special sport tires. As the result of this, you get one of the sharpest and most involving hot hatches money can buy. Renault’s clever front suspension geometry virtually eliminates torque steer, while the standard Brembo brakes serve-up stomach-churning stopping power. The electrically assisted steering is much nicer than the previous generation Megane's, having a more progressive built in weight away from the straight ahead, seamlessly increasing its resistance in proportion to your efforts.
The 250 Cup speaks what it delivers. By looking at it, there’s no mistaking the Renault’s performance potential. A deeper front bumper, chunky wheel arch extensions and wider sills all add muscle to the Megane’s shape.
Inside, Renault’s relentless drive for quality continues throughout and it appears to rival the standards of more premium players. However the 250 Cup doesn’t undergo much change from the standard Megane. Apart from yellow stitching for the think rimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gearlever and door panels, the cabin is virtually the same as the standard Megane. It’s made to fit five adults comfortably, although getting in and out of the back seats may be tricky thanks to the three-door layout. Compared to what most hot hatches deliver, the practicality inside the 250 Cup isn’t disappointing.
Standard safety equipment in this Megane 250 Cup are plenty. These include dual front airbags, front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. It is fitted with a 18-inch alloy wheels, a six speaker sound system audio player, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, two-tone seats with RenaultSport embroidery, daytime LED running lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, height adjustable driver’s seat and an immobilizer.
Most experts reviewed the Renault Megane 250 Cup as a value for money, versatile hot hatch that delivers a driving experience few in its class can match. The unit we have here was used as a weekend car and is kept in a excellent condition. MyMotor inspected and confirmed that this unit is accident free, and has a mileage of 37 015 km.