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2013 Renaultsport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 – Review

The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 is the limited edition version of the brand’s popular and hot favorite hatch. The car is built on the accomplished and recognized Renault Megane RS 265, however, the new Red Bull RB8 gets some unique styling features that stands it apart from the Megane RS 265 models. Just like the Clio Williams, Renault decided to manufacture only 30 units of the 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 just in the UK. The Renault Red Bull Racing RB8 limited edition has been launched that will go on sale in September 2013.

How it looks like?

Appearance is the most important factor in the success of a car because a decent and attractive look attracts the person to explore the other features of a vehicle and so when it comes with a new car every one become eager to get information about its appearance. The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 gets blue paintwork “Crepuscule” with platinum trims on the door mirrors, door handles, pinstripes of the 19 inch black alloy wheels and front and rear spoilers the same shade worn by the Renault F1. A monochrome laurel at the rear side windows is placed in the celebration of the team’s 2012 Constructors’ World title.

2013 Renaultsport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 - Exterior

The Interior of the Red Bull Racing RB8

Inside the 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 fits Recaro front seats trimmed in new leather upholstery, carpet mats and headrests. All these items including numbered aluminum kickplates have Red Bull Racing branding. Other standard interior features are touch screen sat navigation, infotainment system, a latest version of RenaultSport Monitor that provides a real time information data. The interior is very classy and comfortable that equally complements the exterior styling and elegance of the 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8.

2013 Renaultsport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 - Interior

Under the Hood

The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 hatch is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine produces 265 horsepower and 250 lb ft of torque. The Powertrain of the Red Bull Racing Rb8 hatch is enough to lift the car from 0-62 mph in 6 seconds at a top speed up to 158 mph. The driving experience of this car has been really impressive just because of its sticky tires that reduce slip differentials. The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 delivers a composed and agile driving dynamics and its limited slip differential allow the driver to stand on the accelerator without wasting any engine power. The steering wheel is accurate and gives you a feel of its high level of accuracy and grip. The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 is not an athletic hatch around and the car has great wind noise. Before going to purchase this hatch, it is important to consider its refinement especially when you are planning to get it for daily use.

2013 Renaultsport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 is expected to go on sale in 26 countries with a price tag of €36,000 that is about $46,300 according to the current exchange rate. The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 will go on sale in September in the UK while in the rest of the countries it is expected to hit the dealership by the end of this year.

Competitors

  • Ford Focus ST, Scirocco R

Pros

  • Decent styling
  • Agile, composed and responsive drive
  • Limited slip differential

Cons

  • Not very refined and athletic
  • No fuel economy figures
  • Wind noise

2013 Renaultsport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 - Rear

The Verdict

The 2013 RenaultSport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 has a super exclusive appearance and a very fascinating interior paired with agile, responsive and fun drive. Unfortunately, the hatch is low in refined and so it may be a bit tricky to buy for daily use.

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Published on: September 15, 2013

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