Super Hatch Buying Guide
A few years ago you would have needed the best part of £20,000 to ride in a new super hatch, but as we’ve all been sipping on a pint and treating ourselves to bangers and mash down the pub, the price of the high-end super hatch has been falling like a stone.
We were amazed at what your money can buy you these days and you will be too…
Renaultsport Megane 225
There are a few variants of the hot Megane, the cheapest one being the Renaultsport 225, of which there are Cup, F1 and Trophy versions. The Cup is basically the de-spec’d entry level version of the 225 with limited mod cons (to save weight), but it has the tweaked Cup chassis that was introduced on the limited edition Trophy, while the F1 was yet another limited edition to celebrate Renault’s F1 championships in 2005. There are lots of small differences so check out www.renaultsport.co.uk.
K-Tec Racing are the people to call for tweaking these cars; they do a stage 1 tuning kit that includes an airbox, panel filter and a remap that should see power increased to a healthy 260bhp, all for around £400! There’s loads of potential in the Megane, all you need to do is go and unlock it.
LOOK OUT FOR…
We advise paying a bit more cash for a good clean example with lots of main dealer history. Make sure the cambelt has been changed, the clutch isn’t slipping and that the turbo isn’t smoking.
0-62: 6.5 secs
Power: 225 bhp
Top Speed: 147 mph
New Price: £19,500
Price Now From: £3,000