Make haste if you want this limited-edition Renault. Only 50 units of the Megane RS Red Bull Racing RB8 Edition are available locally. You’ll pay R429 900 but in addition to the exclusivity and bragging rights, you get a free advanced driver training course.
Wearing a coat of Twilight Blue paint and Red Bull Racing emblems aplenty, standing out at the gym seems inevitable. It gets Recaro seats – which as current Megane RS Cup owners know, help foster an intimate relationship with the chiropractor.
Inside there’s an RS insignia on the gear knob, more Red Bull Racing badges and numbered door sills bound to make you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, forking out for this rare racer. Power has been turned up, 195kW versus the standard versions’ 184kW outputs.
And because it’s based on the RS Cup specification, it boasts a mechanical limited slip differential to help keep things straight. Brembo brakes bring it to a halt and the Renault claims a 0-100km/h acceleration time of six seconds. Three driver modes are at hand: Normal, Sport and Off – the latter shuts the electronic nannies up.
Finally, Renault’s R-Link interface has been thrown in as standard. It combines a navigation system and a performance tracking function. Anoraks will take delight in seeing their Megane’s torque, boost, throttle and G-force readouts. Like the rest of the range, it has a five-year/150 000-kilometre warranty and five-year/100 000-kilometre service plan.