The performance three-door, stripped of luxuries such as a six-disc CD multi-changer, hands-free card ignition and locking, tyre pressure monitor, leather door trims, carpet mats and metallic paint, retails from £18,600 on-the-road.
That’s £1,400 less than the regular 225 Sport Hatch fitted with the optional Cup pack, and 10kg lighter.
The new 2.0-litre, 225bhp model, badged Megane Renaultsport 225 Cup, is Renault’s latest spin on the 225 and Cup themes, aimed at customers willing to trade some ride comfort for a more focused driving experience.
Combining the weight reducing and tuned chassis elements of 225 and Cup, it shaves 0.2sec off the Sport Hatch’s 0-62mph acceleration time to 6.3sec. The Capsicum Red-only Renaultsport 225 Cup is not a car for customizers. “There are no options on the 225 Cup other than metallic paint,” says a Renault spokesman. Renault expects to sell around 500 units annually in the UK.
Britain is Renaultsport’s most important market in the world, taking more than 50% of production from its Dieppe factory. Assembly of the Clio Renaultsport 182 ends in September, marked by a 500-unit run of the Clio Renaultsport 182 Trophy.