Renault tuning specialist K-Tec Racing has prepared a new performance package for owners of the hottest version of the RenaultSport (RS) Megane, the 265 Trophy, the main component of which is a software upgrade for the compact model’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The British tuner’s reflash of the ECU along with the use of a performance panel element for greater flow capacity and filtration qualities over the standard air filter, help increase output by up to 40-horsepower at 6,000 rpm for a total count of up to 301bhp (305PS) as well as an extra 60 lb-ft of torque at 2750 rpm.
The Performance Pack 1 is priced at just £414 (US$648 / €525) including installation, rolling road testing and VAT, while the company also offers a £234 (US$366 / €297) ‘Renflash’ ECU remapping tool, which allows users to store their standard ECU file on a plug and play handset enabling them to switch between factory and performance settings.
2014 Renault Megane Coupé IV Design Concept by Clavet Thomas
The designs are for a replacement of the sportier looking Megane Coupé, which is essentially a three-door hatchback with a coupe-ish roofline, much in the likes of the VW Scirocco and Opel / Vauxhall Astra GTC.
The new model sports a more powerful version of Renault’s 2.0-liter force-fed four thanks to an increase to the turbo boost pressure by 0.2 bar to 2.5 bar along with a revised air intake system. These changes help lift output by 15hp to 265hp and peak torque by 20Nm (14.8 lb-ft) to 360Nm (266 lb-ft).
The driver can select between two power settings, with the default mode allowing for 250hp and 340Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque for a five per cent improved fuel consumption, while the Sport mode returns an unrestricted output of 265hp and 360Nm (266 lb-ft). The Sport mode is activated through the ESC button and also enhances the car’s exhaust note.
In Sport mode, the Megane RS 265 completes the 0 to 62mph (100km/h) sprint in 6.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 158mph (254km/h), an improvement of 0.1 seconds and 2mph respectively over the outgoing 250hp model.
LED daytime running lights are the new black for automotive designers and the 2012 Mégane sports a new set on the its revised front bumper that gets gloss black and chrome details. There’s also a new selection of wheels and two fresh color options named “Majorelle Blue” and “Pearlescent White”.
It has also gained what Renault describes as an “F1-style” front blade with two rows of six LEDs and black headlight surrounds for a sportier look. The newly-designed 18-inch alloys are available in satin or matt black finish and the interior has red stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever knob and dashboard.
Renault said the Mégane Collection 2012 would go on sale from March in Europe, then in the course of the year in other markets around the globe including Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Russia and Argentina.