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Hi All,

 

New to the forum - picked up my RS265 Redbull (#54) on Saturday 24/01/2012. Done a bit of trawling on here and there doesn't seem to be a lot of love for this model! I'm loving it so far.

 

My first hot hatch was a Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart (1.5T) that I modified to 140fwkW and about 300Nm, which I ran into the ground after 5 years. Got myself into a brand new Audi A1 in Novemeber 2011 but quickly decided I needed more power again! So here I am.

 

I was tossing up between a Golf GTI, Golf R, WRX and the Megane. The Golf GTI fitted my budget the best, but in the end it was too hard to get my hands on a manual. I then test drove the RS265 Trophy+ and NEVER looked back.

 

I was in the market for a 265 Cup, which fitted my price point the best, but as soon as I found out about the Redbull I couldn't pass it up. I ended up getting it for the same price as a RS265 Cup which made it excellent value for money. If I had my choice I'd be in a Liquid Yellow 8:08.

 

My philosophy has always been to run a car in the way you intend to drive it, so the Redbull has been under some pretty intense conditions so far! Already feels a whole heap better and it's only done 300km. Can't wait for it to free up more.

 

I plan on leaving this car standard and taking it to the track, so the only purchase will be some track rims and slicks. Maybe a half cage from K-Tec if I get the bug bad enough.

 

I'm on the Gold Coast - hoping there are more around and would be very keen for a drive.

 

Cheers.

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Welcome and congrats!

 

I like the Redbull. just not the rear diffuser! have yet to see one in the flesh though...

 

Enjoy!

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Congrats on being a clever dude!

Picking the 265 is a no brainer but the RedBull clio is also a very hot drivers car. I wonder if you considered the NA engine version?

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Would definitely be keen for the Sprints if I can find a cheap set of rims for track tyres. I used to do the sprints in my Colt with my mate in a S15. My dad owns a 225 as well - might try and get him out there but I don't like my chances!

 

I didn't really consider the Clio, not because of performance, but mainly because I can't justify spending what they are asking for them (was only a few thousand cheaper than the 265!). I am well aware what they are capable of - my sister even has a standard Clio which is more than capable for what it is. I was really looking for that extra poke as well - I will be keeping this car for the full 4 year term and as we all know, you always want more!

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Welcome, I really like the RedBull editions, they stand out and are the first LE Megane III that looks like something special.

 

Enjoy the car and take some photo's when you can!

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welcome mate, i personally didnt like the redbull editions when i first saw pics of it but i went past my dealership to check em out in the flesh and they dont look half bad! certainly screaming for more attention than your typical megIII

 

like walkie though not a fan of the rear diffuser still.

 

who cares though when you're driving it around?

 

Congrats on the purchase!

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Would definitely be keen for the Sprints if I can find a cheap set of rims for track tyres. I used to do the sprints in my Colt with my mate in a S15. My dad owns a 225 as well - might try and get him out there but I don't like my chances!

 

I didn't really consider the Clio, not because of performance, but mainly because I can't justify spending what they are asking for them (was only a few thousand cheaper than the 265!). I am well aware what they are capable of - my sister even has a standard Clio which is more than capable for what it is. I was really looking for that extra poke as well - I will be keeping this car for the full 4 year term and as we all know, you always want more!

 

Really?? I thought the Meg was at least $8k dearer?

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hmm i suspect it would be possible.

 

the cup is what.. 43k? or so? add all the other costs and that could become 47k on road.

 

I know the Redbull at my local dealership is selling it for sub 50k driveyaway. so negotiations could really mean the price difference between the two models is negligible

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You can get into a brand new A&D or RedBull 200 for $37,990 driveaway.

You'd have to be looking at another $8-$10k or more for a similarly spec'd 265.

 

No specifics, but I got into the 265 for less than $5k more than the price you have quoted. However I am sure I could have got into the Clio Redbull far cheaper than $37,990.

 

Bloody hell the black gets dirty - I forgot why I had stayed away from it for a few years!!! Gave it a good wash yesterday (washed all the burnt fuel off the rear diffuser!) and it's looking gooood.

 

Thanks for all of the responses!

 

Think I might get my girlfriend into a Megane Priviledge this week....

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I got that wrong - it was a tad over $5k - $43,400 driveaway. I offered $42,600 and that was the final price we met on. I had a budget and the dealer had to meet it to get me in the car!

 

Cheapest 265 in Aus you reckon? I know I got a good deal, but your surprise makes me feel its better than I know? I just assumed Renault was struggling generally at the moment and deals were being done left, right and centre.

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I got that wrong - it was a tad over $5k - $43,400 driveaway. I offered $42,600 and that was the final price we met on. I had a budget and the dealer had to meet it to get me in the car!

 

Cheapest 265 in Aus you reckon? I know I got a good deal, but your surprise makes me feel its better than I know? I just assumed Renault was struggling generally at the moment and deals were being done left, right and centre.

 

Quite the contrary,

 

I dare say ive read somewhere whilst we are the 3rd largest market in the world for the MegIIIs.. we're rivalling for spot number 2

 

What theyre actually doing is milking us out for all that they can :hyper:

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I got that wrong - it was a tad over $5k - $43,400 driveaway. I offered $42,600 and that was the final price we met on. I had a budget and the dealer had to meet it to get me in the car!

 

Cheapest 265 in Aus you reckon? I know I got a good deal, but your surprise makes me feel its better than I know? I just assumed Renault was struggling generally at the moment and deals were being done left, right and centre.

 

Quite the contrary,

 

I dare say ive read somewhere whilst we are the 3rd largest market in the world for the MegIIIs.. we're rivalling for spot number 2

 

What theyre actually doing is milking us out for all that they can :hyper:

 

Yeah, I was aware that we buy a lot of Renault Sports in Australia, but Sunshine Renault told me they have been given specific instructions from Renault to move cars at all costs. I know the Renault dealers on the coast have always struggled (e.g. Cartwright). Sunshine apparently sold 2 265's and an 8:08 last week though, so I'd be very interested to see what they paid.

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No pics yet?

 

I tried to upload one, but I'm no IT expert and have no idea how to do it without an upload feature on the site. I tried to put a photo as my avatar, but the file was too big and again, no idea how to make it smaller!

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If you're on facebook, put a pic up there and then just copy the url and paste it into a new reply on this forum. Works very easily.

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I tried to upload one, but I'm no IT expert and have no idea how to do it without an upload feature on the site. I tried to put a photo as my avatar, but the file was too big and again, no idea how to make it smaller!

 

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Nice pic, looks great, yellow diamond badges front & rear would tie in well i reckon.

 

Thanks mate.

 

I've thought about doing that, but I really think I will try and leave this car just factory fit out for as long as I can possibly stand.

 

My other idea was to paint all yellow parts black, paint the badges black and remove all badges. Just black it out. Wrestling with that - loses the 'specialness' of the Redbull model.

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Personality I think blacking it out would devalue it quite a bit.

 

tend to agree with you. It's a special model and I'll probably leave it as such. God help me if I get it on a track though, couldn't help but put in a half cage.

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as walkie previously mentioned,

 

the in your face design colour scheme of this redbull edition actually makes it feel like this car IS a special edition!

 

You saying it's not special? :P

 

Yeah, I'm keeping the yellow - just thinking out loud.

 

I want to buy some black, wide, 17 inch Enkei RPF1's for the track - anyone want to group buy?

 

I REALLY want to keep this car stock on the street. I bought this car to tide my modification appetite - you can imagine my dismay when I signed up to this site and found that everyone modifies them - I just assumed they would stay stock!!

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Nice ride. Unmistakeable! I'd leave the paintwork alone. Why buy a Redbull special otherwise?

 

In all honesty I bought the Redbull Edition because it's the same price as the Cup, with the seats and some other features from the Trophy, with the wheels I prefer. I reckon the seats round out the specialness of these 265's. If I could have got a grey trophy with the 18 inch wheels or something at the same price I probably would have.

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as walkie previously mentioned,

 

the in your face design colour scheme of this redbull edition actually makes it feel like this car IS a special edition!

 

You saying it's not special? :P

 

Yeah, I'm keeping the yellow - just thinking out loud.

 

I want to buy some black, wide, 17 inch Enkei RPF1's for the track - anyone want to group buy?

 

I REALLY want to keep this car stock on the street. I bought this car to tide my modification appetite - you can imagine my dismay when I signed up to this site and found that everyone modifies them - I just assumed they would stay stock!!

 

haha the RS range are all special.. what I mean is to the average onlooker, a person wouldn't be able to tell if it were a limited edition. ie. The 8.08s may be something to us but are just another yellow and white metallic colour to everyone. Redbull edition says otherwise :wink:

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Congrats mate! I really love the Red Bulls! So much nicer in the flesh! Saw these recently in one of the dealerships and couldn't take my eyes off of it! The Black is a stunning black but definitely don't respray the LY highlights! Makes you stand out and will definitely devalue it!

 

Great work mate and welcome!

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