GALLERY: Renault Megane RS 280 Cup EDC – official pricing confirmed for the auto variant, RM299,888

The Renault Megane RS 280 Cup made its debut here in April, with the introduction of the hot hatch being made with the manual variant – now, the six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission version has made its way into the showroom, and pricing for the EDC has also been officially confirmed.

It remains identical to the estimated price offered then, which is RM299,888 on-the-road without insurance. The manual is of course priced RM20k less, at RM279,888. The pricing of the options remains as before – for exterior colours, there’s an additional RM1,000 charge for Pearl White, and RM8,000 for the bright Orange Tonic – which is the shade seen on the display vehicle – and Liquid Yellow (a RS signature shade).

The EDC variant is kitted out in similar fashion to the manual, with the main visual changes being inside, with the centre console – aside from the obvious changes in the gear shifter columns, the console itself features a different layout. The manual has a mechanical handbrake lever, which is an electronic switch unit on the EDC. This also frees up the space to offer a shuttered cupholder binnacle, where the manual gets two separate cupholder receptacles.

The other change concerns the front seats – the manual preview example came equipped with Recaro bucket seats, which is a price option. As standard, the RS 280 Cup for Malaysia, be it in manual or EDC form, comes fitted with RS sports seats, so the EDC example effectively presents the car proper in its local specification.

The fourth-generation Megane RS, which has made the transition to a five-door hatch, is equipped with a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The mill puts out 280 PS at 6,000 rpm and 390 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,500 rpm, a slight hike from the 275 PS/360 Nm seen in the previous-gen Trophy-R’s 2.0 litre unit. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.8 seconds and a 255 km/h top speed (250 km/h for the auto).

As standard, the Megane RS 280 features the 4Control four-wheel steering system that made its debut on the warm 205 PS/280 Nm 1.6L Megane GT, which was launched here in February 2018. The Malaysian-spec car rides on the more track-focused Cup chassis, with a Torsen limited-slip differential present.

Five drive modes are available from the automaker’s Multi-Sense system – Comfort, Neutral, Sport, Race and the customisable Perso. The EDC also comes with Launch Control, which can be activated in Sport and Race modes when the clutch and turbo are preloaded, enabling an optimum standing start.

Exterior design cues include an F1 style blade at the front, wide rear diffusers, side extractors vents and a wide lip spoiler. The car is fitted with RS Vision full LED headlights and C-shaped LED daytime running lights as well as Brembo brakes, and rides on 19-inch Interlagos alloys with 245/35 Bridgestone Potenza S001 rubber.

Inside, the instrument cluster features a 7.0-inch TFT digital screen, which changes the layout in Comfort, Neutral and Sport modes. The car also comes with a R-Link 2 infotainment system, which has a vertically-oriented 8.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, and of course there’s the RS Monitor on-board telemetry system, which displays data in real time on the screen.

Other novelties include aluminium sports pedals and red accent highlights for the carbon grey interior. Safety kit includes six airbags and the usual array of three-letter acronym bits, including ESC, ASR, ABS, EBD and EBA.

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