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  1. Driving Style

    The amount of brass in the trophy cabinet from hillclimb success attests to this!
  2. Driving Style

    He's in Adelaide. If you ask Speedfiend really nicely, you might get spoiled and be allowed to trial a Trophy R. Be warned - it will ruin you.
  3. Driving Style

    I understand this requirement sadly. The T-R is next level, but the other variants are very, very good out of the box, and spectacular with just minor and completely safe modification. The best way to describe the driving sensation with the LSD and perfohub arrangement is that as you dial in the power (earlier towards the apex the better) power is delivered to the outer front wheel which bites in and "pulls" the outer corner of the car around the corner on line. It is an awesome sensation which you can really feel (especially if you drive a non-LSD front driver back to back with a Meg), and this allows spectacularly high cornering speeds once you learn to trust it - which takes very little time at all, as it is all very neutral up to the limits. Megs benefit from sticky, good quality tyres, which do two things in regards to the above - they increase the capacity (and confidence) of the front end pulling around from the outside to stay on line, plus they allow the tail moving outwards in this situation to occur very progressively (yep, inducing oversteer while still under power in a corner without lifting off is possible with a Meg 3 and can be done on wet roads at respectable speeds to hone your skills), all the while being very controllable. The only thing not controllable when this happens is the grin you will have. If you are not giggling like a school girl after a spirited drive in a well set up Meg, you don't have a pulse! My suggestion is to go and drive a few and experience it for real yourself. I suggest driving one with a tune if possible, because (in my experience - remembering my first Renault was a Trophy R) I feel the 250/265 is still a little heavy for the power in standard guise, so the slightly more power/slightly less weight balance is noticeable in these cars. In any event, you will get the feel of the LSD and perfohub arrangement, and know what I a on about above. Oh, and push the "Sport" button. A must do. I once drove my T-R in normal mode, but only did that once. can't even remember now what it was like. Sport mode always on... Good luck.
  4. Driving Style

    Welcome to the forum. Good choices in what you are looking at, you will have a heap of fun in the Megane. As Speedfiend said above, the best and most engaging drive you can buy for the money, even for significantly more money. If you are buying used, the value equation for the Megane is bordering on criminal - they are that good. I have owned and driven most of what you are considering, so I can offer some feedback that might help you. I am familiar with what a worked CA18DET is capable of (I had a worked clubman with one of these - rear wheel drive madness running E85 only. So much fun). Others relevant to the discussion include a couple of Clios, Megane Trophy R and lightly modded Mk7 Golf R. Firstly, lets get the power discussion out of the way. As your beasts have been various iterations of turboed this or that, if you are used to that shove in the back, then a Clio, while maybe almost as quick on the track, is simply an order of magnitude slower in most road driving. By way of example, my first Renault was a Trophy R (a little spoiled there), so anything compared with that is quite simply less. It just is. I bought both a 182 and a Clio III (Angel and Demon), and found the absence of a turbo and LSD really made the Megane feel supercar connected by comparison, in every way. A Clio III with a Quaiffe would be a great thing, but then would feel slow pulling out of the bends. For outright power and acceleration, the Golf R is a bolt of lightning - way quicker than anything else on a real world road, even the Trophy R. As the roads get tighter and rougher, the Golf R just gets faster and more glued to the tarmac. No understeer ever, and limits that are bordering on stratospheric. But (and it's a very large BUT), the Golf R simply isn't as much fun to drive as the Trophy R. What the surrender monkeys really got right in the T-R is driver engagement. Much has been said about that on this forum, and it's real. The Trophy R with its reduced weight, no sound deadening and all the rest means you can feel (and hear) every pebble on the road, and the tyres are virtually hard-wired to your brain. The sticky tyres, perfohub and LSD mean that cornering is a complete giggle. Lift-off oversteer is the norm, or neutral handling up to the point of the limit, which is very high. Add in the drama of the Recaro seats, manual gearbox, brembos etc... you have the complete driver package that you can also take shopping. A 265 is significantly heavier than the Trophy R, and you can feel this by way of a less-involved drive, but some judicious weight saving and a tune goes a long way to solving this, it just won't be as raw as a Trophy R, which is pretty much "race car". If that's what you want, and don't need rear seats, get one of them. Everything said on here about them is real. I'd still have mine if I could convince SWMBO to part with the kids... So, to summarise all that (sorry about all the words, but hope it helps you), the Golf R (with a moderate tune) is the fastest on real roads full stop. If the road is wet, the margin is even more significant. Handling is superb and grip levels so high, that it borders on boring unless you are seriously at risk of spending time with the constabulary and taking the bus to work. The Megane, although FWD, is predictable and direct up to significant limits and is a hoot in the corners like few others. Don't worry about the FWD and driving style as the adjustment is very easy. Wet roads obviously reduce the grip, and increase the fun, but amazing all the same. You can still very easily lose your license with one of these too... Clios do all the above like the Megane just at lower speeds, but for me, the power rush is missing. Others have different views on this, but that is my experience of the types of cars in your sights. Hope it helps, and hopefully you will go the Megane path. Get a used one, depreciation on new ones is butt-bleeding, making used version amazing value.
  5. RS265 "Sport Limited Edition"

    I’m with you on the Recaros. If you have your heart set on them don’t compromise. Good ones come up that are specced the way you want. All 8:08s, Red Bulls and I think AGPS have them standard. Then lots of Cups and Trophee models where that option was ticked by the first buyer. in my view the Recaros are a must have as well, so I’m with you on that...
  6. RS265 "Sport Limited Edition"

    Or this one if you want an 8:08 in LY with all the fruit... Ex forum member's recently traded it seems. https://www.carsales.com.au/dealer/details/Renault-Megane-2012/OAG-AD-15851742/?Cr=0 Plus 1 about don't get the Sport edition without the LSD. One of Renault Australia's few really great ideas was to pretty much only bring in the Cup spec chassis in the Meg 3 (with that one exception)
  7. New RS 220 Owner

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on a nice looking car. You will probably be stampeded in the rush to swap the 220 OEM wheels for "lesser" variant ones on here, so be warned making statements like that... Hahaha You should get better fuel economy than the old Subie by a good margin, unless you are constantly tracking it or using race mode and launch control. In which case, you may reach those kinds of consumption figures. Just... My two bob's worth re the wheels is to drive it for a while with the OEM wheels and they may grow on you a bit. Certainly my view is it would be a retrograde step to downgrade the 220 rims to one from a lesser version of the car. Plus, when you sell it, the new buyer will likely be seeking the car "complete" with the OEM wheels. Enjoy your new car!
  8. I'm not sure about the depreciation on the IV - I was very irritated how much I had to pay for a three year old one! They do better than most RenaultSport models. That could be true Chuck. I was referring to what you can pick up a very good, low km late model one with warranty for as a percentage of the new cost. Great buying as used cars...
  9. Just catching up on this thread. SWMBO has the RS200 Cup Trophy, which was the designation at that time for what is now the Cup Premium - ie it has the RS Monitor, leather seats etc, and the Cup chassis (which includes the black 18 inch wkeels). She loves it, and it has been great, with just a little glitch with the transmission that required the ECU for the transmission to be replaced, which occurred under warranty. Hers has the 5 year warranty, and has over 45000km on it now with no issues apart from the aforementioned transmission matter. The interior of the up-spec ones with the leather seats etc are a very nice place to be, with quality of finish pretty high. I'm not sure how harsh the suspension on the ST is on yours, but the Cup suspension on the Clio is pretty firm. Later Trophy ones even more so I believe (haven't driven one of them so cannot report a personal comparison). Sport versions have a noticeably more compliant ride. FWIW, the used car buying of the Clios is pretty good too (that renowned Renault depreciation affects these as well), so you can get low km, newer ones for a great price, and have the extra warranty if that is a consideration fr you. Hope that helps.
  10. Rim Quality Or Tyres Clio Rs 2014

    It is possible for tyres to have the belts de-laminate. This is especially common in very hot climates and if travelling at high speeds. I had this issue once before in a Jeep Grand Cherokee on its original OEM Khumo tyres that had about 15000kms on them. They were three years old at the time, so similar timeframes to your vehicle it seems. One went out of round and over the course of a day while travelling up the Stuart Highway (were perfect order before I started the trip - even had them checked before departing on the 3500km jaunt), and degenerated from a slight wobble at slow speeds at the rear (just as you describe), to a full on vibration through the cabin. I changed the wheel to the silly space saver spare and continued to Darwin (at snail pace relatively speaking) where I had to replace all four tyres as the other three had started to delaminate as well by then. It was summer and the ambient temps were in the order of 40 degrees C, and obviously the extended travelling up the Stuart Highway at ... erm... 130km/hr... generated sufficient heat in the tyres to deliminate the belts. Have the tyres checked is my suggestion, as you may have a belt delamination failure in its early stages. If one has gone, the others may be not far away from being the same.
  11. This forum is without equal! Lots of folks with great knowledge and experience happy to share. The level of interest and responsiveness of members is truly amazing. And really good people to boot!!
  12. Sad but true here. There must to be a very good reason why Golfs are available in 17 shades of grey/black/white plus blue... And are the top selling hot hatch. Even the new Focus RS is available in colours of boring/boring/boring and blue... What happened to Tangerine Scream, Ford!!! Best colour ever applied to a Ford IMO. It appears that while many appreciate the "hero" colours that the hot hatch manufacturers set up on some new models, when push comes to shove, more buyers tend for the less-daring colours. Speedfiend's (and others') selling experiences tends to support this. When I bought my Trophy R, I went for the white (black roof) but it had enough "look at me, look at me!!" with the red highlights, stripes and red wheels. SWMBO loves her LY Clio, and wouldn't have any other colour for it. The new model Golf R has a variant of LY as the "hero" colour in the Euro advertising for it. It will be interesting to see if VW Australia brings that colour in, and if they do, how well it sells compares to all the other shades of boring. To the OP, welcome to the forum, enjoy your new Meg. get the one with the longer warranty - not because you'll need it, but because you'll have it.
  13. Rs 265...& Loving It

    Nope is in Sydney
  14. First World Problems ... What To Do With $35K?!

    Congrats!! Can't wait to see it ????????
  15. It's In The Genes

    And Bolwell pics please. Which one? Nagari? Congrats on the purchase and enjoy your new Meg!