Renault Australia has cut the Megane RS hot hatch’s range in half as part of its midlife facelift, with the entry-level Sport and mid-range Cup variants no more, while the flagship Trophy grade carries on.
As such, you now need $2200 more to get into the Hyundai i30 N, Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus ST rival, and that’s taking into account the $500 price rise the Trophy grade has copped, with the six-speed manual version moving up to $53,990 plus on-road costs.
A six seven-speed dual-clutch automatic variant is still offered but now charges $56,990. Either way, a 1.8-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine drives the front wheels, with it producing 221kW of power and 400Nm (manual) or 420Nm (automatic) of torque.
For the extra spend, buyers get a 9.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system (up from 8.7 inches), a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster (up from 7.0 inches) and low-speed autonomous emergency braking, while a shark-fin antenna also forms part of the update.
A panoramic sunroof remains optional, while a performance package (Fuji lightweight alloy wheels and Recaro front sports seats) can be added for the first time, with the facelifted Megane RS due in showrooms in March.
Renault Australia managing director Anouk Poelmann said: “The Trophy has clearly established its territory as the weapon of choice for Renault hot hatch fans.
“It continues to demonstrate the passion Renault inspires among performance vehicle customers. The additional features in the new, MY21 version are set to add more fans to the growing Megane fraternity.”
2021 Renault Megane RS pricing before on-road costs