Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Renault Sport Megane Red Bull RB8 Special Edition at RM 252,888.00
The launch of the Mégane Renault Sport (RS) Red Bull Racing RB8 Special Edition marks the milestone celebration by Renault Sport and Red Bull Racing (RBR) of their third Formula One (F1) Constructors’ world title. In true Renault Sport style, this coupé three-door hot hatch Special Edition version comes packed with smart technology and combines the best of Renault Sport and Red Bull Racing. Renowned for their exceptional sporty styling and dynamic performance since their inception almost a decade ago, the Mégane RS-enhanced variants have established a loyal fan base that enjoys exponential growth year-on-year around the globe.
The arrival of the newcomer Mégane RS Red Bull Racing RB8 Special Edition has added even more momentum to the range significantly raising the aesthetics bar with its alluring good looks, Red Bull Racing F1-inspired Twilight Blue body colour and features, unmatched and unique to this ‘bad boy’powerhouse. The vehicle is being marketed in 26 countries worldwide and with only 15 of these ‘bad boy’masterpieces now available in Malaysia, the Mégane RS Red Bull Racing RB8 Special Edition looks set to become one of the most exclusive and desirable Mégane RS variants.
The TWILIGHT BLUE body colour is the first of many attention-grabbing finishes and features that ‘wow’ you when you first catch sight of the new Megane RS RB8 Special Edition. The exclusive body colour together with satin silver detailing takes its inspiration directly from the Red Bull Racing F1 team’s famous colours with the addition of the Red Bull Racing decaled graphics on the door sides hallmarks of this Special Edition.
In addition to its sporty credentials, elegance is a stand-out feature thanks to exterior Platinum Grey detailing on the front splitter, rear diffuser and side mirror housings which provide the perfect foil to the Megane RS RB8’s striking Twilight Blue body finish. Completing the package is a monochrome laurel on the rear side windows which bears testimony to Renault Sport and Red Bull Racing’s collaboration in taking the 2012 F1 Constructors’ world title.
The sporty good looks extend to the interior and the 2013 Mégane RB8 Special Edition variant comes with several exclusive features including Recaro® leather bucket seats, leather steering wheel plus RS insignia on the gear knob. Red Bull Racing specially numbered door sills, underscores the Special Edition’s F1 heritage and credentials. The Mégane RS RB8 delivers sizzling performance. With a four cylinder, two-litre, 16-valve turbo engine under its hood. With exceptional power output of 195 kW at 5500 r/min and maximum torque of 360Nm at 3000 r/min, this is one hot hatch and delivers 0 – 100km/h from a standing start in just 6.0 seconds and boasts a top speed of 255km/h.
The Mégane RS RB8 adopts the Mégane RS CUP chassis and suspension configuration which comes additionally equipped with a mechanical limited slip differential (LSD).
By transferring engine torque to the wheel with the most road grip, the LSD unit ensures optimum traction at all times and whatever the conditions, while consequently pushing back the threshold of the ASR and ESP intervention. Furthermore, the combination of the LSD and the independent steering axis front suspension minimises the effects of torque steer, enabling the driver to profit fully from the Mégane RS’s formidable grip and handling.
With a high-performance braking system featuring Brembo® Red four-piston front brake callipers, the discs are grooved to deliver outstanding stopping power and a high resistance to fade. Traction-enhancing ultra-low profile 19” Bridgestone Potenza 235/35 R19 tyres are fitted to stunning 19” STEEV black alloy rims with Platinum Grey detail.
The inclusion of the Renault Sport Dynamic Management three-mode Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) allows the driver to choose the degree of electronic aid required in different situations in three stages. This includes the default ‘Normal’ mode, ‘Sport’ for less intrusive ESP action and ‘Off’ for ultimate driver control.
The newcomer sports the proven engine, performance, brake, steering, wheels and weight specs as the Mégane RS Trophy 265 and affords its proud owner unprecedented performance linked to superlative handling, head-turning styling details plus genuine F1-inspired driving dynamics.
With this special edition, is the exclusive introduction of the advanced in-dash RS Monitor and R-Link system to the Renault RS range. This progressive system combines the performance tracking function with that of navigation and has been ranked at the forefront of technology with its 7” touch screen and 3D technology.
RS Monitor V2 displays real time torque, power, boost, throttle, brake, steering angle, G lateral force and engine RPM. It also computes front wheel slippage and lap times. Modification of accelerator pedal mapping is at the the touch of a button. New to the system, is the RS Maintenance function which displays wear and tear of tyres, brake pads and discs. This data is also now easily transferable via USB.
In keeping with smart technology, R-link features real time traffic optimization and high definition maps as well as the Arkamys Radio with CD and MP3, telephony, Bluetooth®, USB and iPod connectivity.