BEHIND THE WHEEL: Renault Megane RS 265

MONDAY JUNE 6, 2016
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PRO

Eye-catching looks

Driven at ten tenth

CON

Low value for money in cabin
Dead tiring when in traffic
Seven thousand for yellow paint

SPECIFICATION

2-litre inline-4

265hp 360Nm

6-speed manual

0-100 km/h: 6s

Top speed: 255 km/h

RM 197,888

After having driven the Fiesta ST, I have been completely fallen truly madly deeply in love and left amazed by how brilliant that little thing was. If there’s something that can topple the Ford, it has got to be the King of Hot Hatchery. A Renault Megane R.S. 265 in precise. Just by looking at the car and it I know for sure this car means business. Since the local dealer is snobbish for not allow test drives but we have got our ways.

Renualt Megane RS

Having buckling up, I decided to make a move. Instantly there is something I am not please with it. As compared to the Fiesta ST’s gear lever, entering reverse requires more effort. I have to use both hands to get it in the very first time due to the ergonomics of my hand. However once on the move, shifting gear is sleek and quick.

 

Being in the sports category, clutch travel and stiffness are always the factor for engine staling. To makes matter worse, Renault has fitted a rest pad right beside it. This then created very little space for someone with a huge shoe on. That aside, it is very easy to stall the car (watch out Shiang) which means not only you need get on the road more but it can be tiring after a long day of constant gear shifting.

Renualt Megane interior

Here is where I would say I prefer the stopping strength the Fiesta ST possess compared to the Megane. Basically it is one of those things you just have to believe in, it bites only if you stomp hard like a buffalo but there is not much in terms of the feel department. The ST gives the much needed assurance to the driver where late braking is much more confidence inspiring.

 

Having to steer and drive the wheels altogether, the feel from the steering has become numb from too much gadgetry. This is due to the torque vectoring that tends to center the steering to eliminate torque steer under hard acceleration. However precise the steering is with its aim, its four spoke design will not get you laid.

Renualt Megane RS

The Renault Megane is able to take whatever you wish to throw at it. With a press of the RS button, the car breathes turns into a completely different mode. Throttle response is sharpen, engine runs on Viagra and the traction control gets turned off entirely. Life as a whole is much simpler here than in the overly complicated Clio RS.

The Megane is a great car if you can push it to limits every single time you take it out for a drive. It only make sense if one were to have the RS as a secondary car since everyday driving will be a chore because it is something that will wear you out at the end of the day. I am one of those who scream save the manual unfortunately I can't for this one. Life goes on, next please.

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