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Limited Edition Renault Megane RS RB8

By raccars Published

Renault has revealed details of the special edition Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8. The frankly stunning tarted up version of the brand's popular hot hatch will only be available to 30 UK buyers from June.

Created to mark Renault's partnership with Red Bull Racing, which has won them the Formula One Constructors' Championship three times, the posh Megane comes in Red Bull's F1 colour of Twilight Blue, with a Platinum Grey F1-esque blade detailing to the front grille and echoed on the wing mirrors and rear spoiler, along with the occasional and subtle flash of red. There are also Red Bull Racing branded trim elements outside and in the cabin and a numbered kickplate. In case the Red Bull connection is not obvious from all that, there's also a little 2012 Constructors' Championship logo decal in the rear sidelight windows.

Taking its cue from the 265 Trophy Megane, the RB8's upgrades include firmed up suspension, an anti-roll bar, a limited slip diff and special grooved disc brakes and callipers by Brembo, working on 19 inch, Bridgestone Potenza clothed alloy wheels. The same tyres helped the 265 Trophy to a Nurburgring lap record for a front wheel drive car.

Apart from such practicalities, owners will also benefit from Recaro sports seating, a Renault R-Link infotainment and navigation system with touchscreen interface, plus voice control and a centre console joystick. The same telemetry system also displays the Renaultsport Monitor, for lap times based upon GPS tracking, 0-62mph speed recording and G-force data, all of which can be transferred to a USB stick. There's a whole roster of other driving information to be had from the R-Link, which also links to the Red Bull Racing home page and handles telephony, multimedia and apps. It sounds very complicated but some labour has been expended upon making sure it's user friendly.

Under the bonnet, the Renault Megane RS RB8 boasts the Cup car's 261bhp 2.0 litre turbo engine, with stop/start technology. Despite its Formula One link, the four-cylinder unit will not receive a KERS boost, a higher rev limit or RS Clio 200 style paddleshift lever. Instead, the front-wheel drive hatch gets a six-speed manual transmission.

The price has yet to be confirmed but is likely to top the standard Cup version's £25,000 and with the order book opening in June, Renault expects the RB8 to sell out quickly for deliveries in September.

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