Renault unveils Megane RS 250 Australian GP Edition

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2012

Renault is launching the Megane R.S. 250 Australian Grand Prix Limited Edition in celebration of the 2012 Australian Formula 1TM Grand Prix. Renault and Formula 1 TM have been working together for over 35 years to extend the limits of motor sports and technology. Renault has won nine Drivers' world crowns and 10 Constructors' titles since 1977.

In 2011, Renault went back to its core expertise as an engine-provider. For this year, Renault is supplying the engines for four teams, about a third of those on the grid. As part of the Renault's 2012 Australian Formula 1TM Grand Prix activities, the Megane R.S. AGP will debut on March 12 in a race off with Renault Jet Pack Man on the Albert Park circuit.

The vehicle will then be seen at Albert Park in F1 Central for this event, which lasts four days. The Megane R.S. AGP stands out due to its gloss black paint and a fixed glass roof, which was introduced on the Monaco Grand Prix limited edition.

Its exterior appearance is highlighted with a gloss black 19-inch Steev wheels with a red piping that was also used on the Megane R.S. 250 Trophy in Europe. It also comes with the hallmark Renault Sport red Brembo brake callipers. The R.S. badge is found in the center of the wheels display. Covering these wheels are Bridgestone RE050A tires.

Prestige performance vehicles use these asymmetric, ultra-high-performance tires that offer dynamic sporty handling and a silent, comfortable ride. Its inner and outer tread design comes from Bridgestone's winning Formula 1TM technology and provides excellent grip and responsive handling in both dry and wet conditions.

Heeding customer’s feedback, Renault will incorporate satellite navigation, bi-xenon directional headlights and front and rear parking sensors on this limited edition vehicle. Just 50 Megane R.S. AGP will be sold in Australia and each will get an individual plaque. The Megane R.S. AGP has a price tag of $49,990.

New Renault Mégane RS has a similar suspension arrangement as the present Mégane RS model. Its front has an independent steering axis layout, with its suspension and steering functions being separated so as to ensure a high standard of traction performance and handling.

Similar to the Renault Twingo’s and the Renault Clio’s sporting versions, the new Mégane RS offers you a choice between two chassis: the 'Sport' or the 'Cup,' which comes with limited slip differential for greater traction.

Moreover, the car’s electric power steering boasts more specific and sportier calibration. It also benefits from the newest improvements, which are aimed at delivering greater precision as well as better feedback.

The new Renault Mégane RS sports an ESC, which can be fully disconnected to allow you the pleasure of enjoying the car's full potential.

Additionally, it also benefits from an undeniably sporty appearance. Its front bumper incorporates LED daytime running lights and a splitter, which recalls the R28 Formula 1 car’s low-slung nose. The Renault Sport-badged model’s sporty calling is further emphasized by 18” aluminium alloy rims, a rear diffuser, and central exhaust tailpipe.

The car’s interior appointments also exude a motor sport quality, from the seats’ extra lateral support, to the analogue rev-counter equipped with audible and visual gearshift indicator, the specific steering wheel with thumb rests, and the aluminium pedal cover. The Renault Sport signature can also be seen in the interior – from the headrests, to the dashboard, to the rev-counter background.

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