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This Renaultsport Megane 265 Cup is one of the most lauded contemporary hot hatches, boasting impressive performance and sublime handling. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine producing 261bhp and 265lb ft of torque, driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and mechanical limited-slip differential. The odometer shows 41,688 miles from new.

While the standard Renaultsport Megane has an impressive depth of talent, the optional ‘Cup’ chassis as specified on this car added stiffer springs and dampers, 18-inch alloys and uprated tyres, plus a GKN torque-biasing differential, to provide even more responsive dynamics.

First registered on 27 March 2015, the car is now being offered for sale by its fourth owner, who has covered just over 7,000 miles in the last year.

Today, the exterior is still in fantastic condition, with the bodywork being entirely undamaged and free of dents. The bright Glacier White paintwork has been well cared-for and is smooth and even, with only small stone chips hinting at the car’s age and mileage. Its rides on gloss black 18-inch ‘Tibor’ wheels, which are in fantastic condition, with no kerbing marks or other damage.

Turning to the cabin, its black fabric upholstery and leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob are accented by red stitching, and there are also dashes of red for the coloured seat belts and the dashboard finisher strip. RS logos are embroidered on the head rests. The interior is described by the seller as being in great condition throughout, with no damage to the seats, carpets, or the carbon inlays on the dashboard and door cards. There are just a few scratches on the plastic trims in an otherwise pristine interior.

Above the front occupants, a factory-fitted optional fixed glass sunroof brings additional light into the cabin, helping to create a more spacious feel, while climate control keeps the temperature in check. The 265 Cup is also was also specified with satellite navigation, as well as a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a Bluetooth hands-free system.

Serviced routinely as a matter of course, the car is mechanically sound. Its last scheduled maintenance was carried out in December 2019, when the engine oil, oil filter and air filter were replaced. Before this, an interim service was carried out in December 2018. In February 2020, it was fitted with new front brake pads.

The last MOT test was also conducted on 30 December 2019 at 39,933 miles. The car passed first time, with only one advisory noting that the edge of one of the front tyres was worn close to the legal limit – however these have since been replaced by the owner. It is fitted with 235/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres all round, one of which is slightly older with 5mm of tread, while the other three have more than 7mm remaining.

Accompanying the car is the original driver’s handbook, documentation of its service history, MOT certificates, both keys and the fabric Renault document holder. The space-saver wheel and tyre are also still present beneath the boot-floor.

At launch Evo magazine heaped praise on the Megane 265 Cup for “possessing the most sublime and satisfying chassis in the class”. It concluded: “There can be few cars that are so fast and so fun no matter what sort of road you find yourself tackling”.

This Renaultsport Megane 265 Cup is a hot hatch hero, offering thrilling and accessible handling without sacrificing everyday practicality. This particular example is presented in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition, and benefits from the factory-fit Cup chassis and fixed glass roof, as well as other desirable options. It is a true modern classic, certain to bring a smile to the face of its next owner whenever they choose to drive it.

Summary of service history:

  • 5 Aug 2016 - 12,513 miles
  • 26 Jan 2018 – 27,328 miles
  • 6 Dec 2018 – 34,691 miles
  • 30 Dec 2019 – 39,933 miles

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