Red Bull Racing partner with Renault to create Megane RB8

The Renault Megane Renaultsport is a pretty rare car, despite many declaring it to be a benchmark car in the hot hatch world. However, if you like the car but it’s just too frequent a sight on the roads for you despite its rarity, head down to Renault now and take a look at the RB8 version.

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RB8 is a bit of shorthand for the car really. Its full title is the Renault Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8 and has been launched now to celebrate their third Formula 1 Constructors’ world title.

Available only in Twilight Blue with Platinum Grey detail, the Megane clearly takes its inspiration from Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 identity.

Alongside Red Bull Racing branding on the side and rear, the car also gets an F1 style ‘blade’ that also houses LED running lights, along with a rear roof mounted spoiler and 19-inch black ‘Steev’ wheels with platinum rims.

Renault Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8 2013 RearInside, the branding continues, with Red Bull Racing appearing on the numbered aluminium kick plates and carpet mats, as well as on the headrests of the Recaro seats which are trimmed in a new leather and fabric upholstery.

A multimedia and TomTom navigation system, plus the latest version of the on-board R.S. Monitor, finishes off the changes for this special edition.

The limited edition RB8 is mechanically identical to the 265 Cup version of the Megane, coming with its stiffer springs, dampers, anti-roll bar, limited slip differential, grooved discs with Brembo callipers and the two-litre-turbocharged 265 bhp engine.

That means the RB8 is good for 0-60 mph in just 6.0 seconds, with a maximum speed of 158 mph being achievable. Impressively, the official economy figures suggest 34 mpg might be possible in the right circumstances.

Only 30 of these cars are destined for UK shores, with deliveries expected over the summer. Prices have yet to be announced, but don’t expect much change from £30,000.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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