RE: Renault Megane R26.R: Spotted

RE: Renault Megane R26.R: Spotted

Thursday 29th November

Renault Megane R26.R: Spotted

Everything lives in the shadow of Renault Sport's first stripped-out special. It is priced accordingly



A week ago we discovered that the Renault Sport Megane Trophy has improved on the bar set by the standard 280 model. It's slightly quicker and slightly sharper than its lower-powered sibling, and therefore worthy of both its badge and the premium charged for it. But is it as incisive as the previous generation Trophy? Even with four-wheel steer and all the latest party tricks? Prior wasn't entirely convinced, which suggests the Renault Sport experience - so often defined by the quick Megane - is still less vivid that it once appeared.

We can thank the R26.R for that. As the brand's first go at turning its Focus rival into a 911 GT3-esque track warrior, the R26.R set the bar so high that each successive hot Megane has been presented with the daunting task of living up to its mechanical benchmark. Arguably none has done it quite like the original. Even the last equivalent model, the entirely excellent 275 Trophy-R, was somewhat hindered by its stronger (and therefore heavier) shell and the use of glass back windows, as per modern safety regulations.


The R26.R, then, is already well established among the ranks of modern classics. Its formula, of course, is now so well set in stone it virtually ranks as commandments. Without a radio, rear seats, sound-deadening, air con and anything else deemed weighty and non-essential to the pleasure of driving (even the passenger airbag was removed!), the hottest Meg was a substantial 123kg lighter than the standard Renault Sport model. And you really could feel it. 230hp from a turbocharged 2.0-litre is nothing special today (it's only 30hp clear of our fleet Fiesta ST's 1.5), but in a 1,252kg car, it's enough to ensure genuinely rapid progress.

But the R26.R was at its most invigorating through the bends. Thanks to that weight saving the car's spring rates were actually wound back by 10 per cent, but it got far more advanced dampers to create something that rode rather nicely but had body control more comparable to a class of cars two or three leagues above its pay grade. Coupled with optional Toyo Proxes R888s and a bit of Dieppe geometry magic, it meant the R26.R's chassis could be hustled around corners with delightful precision and predictability, but in a way which didn't limit its adjustability or entertainment value. The car worked for you, rather than you toiling for it.


It's an icon of driving, alright, and prices today - in a swollen market - reflect that. With only 230 examples of a global 450-car run headed to Britain, its values were never likely to plummet, although they still make eye-watering viewing for anyone who remembers how much trouble Renault had shifting the car back in the bad old days of 2008. Today's Spotted brings the sense of retrospect into sharp focus as it claims to be among the former press cars. Clearly no-one is holding that against it - especially as 002 has remained entirely original and only racked up 22,000 in three owners. The last one even had it dry stored as part of a collection, which is something you may want to consider when weighing up the £31,990 asking price.


SPECIFICATIONS - RENAULT MEGANE RS R26.R

Engine: 1,998cc 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power(hp): 230@5,500rpm
Torque(lb ft): 229@3,000rpm
MPG: 33.2 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 199g/km
First registered: 2008
Recorded mileage: 22,000
Price new: £22,990
Yours for: £31,990

See the full ad here.



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MikeGoodwin

Original Poster:

1,312 posts

53 months

Thursday 29th November
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£32k...... lolololololol


pmr01

170 posts

86 months

Thursday 29th November
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back to the point of not being able to sell them...

Arnold Clark in Grangemouth were selling a split new one with cage and toyos (white) for £17995....you only regret the things you dont do.

gashead1105

384 posts

89 months

Thursday 29th November
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I remember walking into Renault Enfield and being offered the one they had in the showroom for 18k - cage, titanium exhaust, the works. Should have said yes

Edited by gashead1105 on Thursday 29th November 13:29

Jon_S_Rally

165 posts

24 months

Thursday 29th November
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Strong money, but low mileage. Prices for the Trophy-R are pretty strong too. It's not for me this one, as using it properly would damage its value (sadly). I think I would buy a regular R26 and modify it or, better still, a 250/265/275.

A shame, but it was inevitable that they would become a collector's item.

gofasterrosssco

1,081 posts

172 months

Thursday 29th November
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No doubt special, but I'd far rather have this if I was spending ~£30k-ish..

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
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Alex_225

2,915 posts

137 months

Thursday 29th November
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I actually own a Megane 225, have done since it was new in 2006. The R26.R is an amazing hot hatch, superb in track and noticeably lighter and more nimble than the 'full fat' version I have. I actually also owned a re-mapped 225 Trophy as well was an excellent daily car.

I can see the .R being somewhat of a cult car, it was the last of the MKII Megane RS models and the best for sheer driving enjoyment.

That said, even as an avid RenaultSport fan I wouldn't spend that kind of money. Admittedly it's a very low mileage example for it's age and you would have to be an utter RenaultSport fan to spend that on it. Trouble is that a car like this is all about how it drives, it's not pretty, it's not overly comfortable but it is a fantastic drive. You spend that kind of money on it, you'd assume your'e investing so wouldn't plan to drive it. Can't imagine someone spending that and taking it on track. Fair play if they do though.

ukaskew

4,413 posts

157 months

Thursday 29th November
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Didn't they end the run early or at least reduce the UK allocation? I remember people on here laughing off the £18k they were going for new at the time, they simply couldn't shift them.

LARK F1 GTR

430 posts

82 months

Thursday 29th November
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The advert says, "This car was used as an official UK press car."

So basically every Tom, Dick & Harry motoring journo has kicked its head in. Granted unless you know them, you don't know how the previous owners of your car have driven it. But in this case, seeing your car when it's new bouncing off the limiter & probably driving on two wheels isn't a good selling point!

Oh, and the price is nuts!!

Alex_225

2,915 posts

137 months

Thursday 29th November
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ukaskew said:
Didn't they end the run early or at least reduce the UK allocation? I remember people on here laughing off the £18k they were going for new at the time, they simply couldn't shift them.
Correct. They sent a number of them back to Europe as they didn't sell in huge numbers over in the UK.

Trouble you had was that the R26 was an almost identical car but not stripped out. The R26 handled virtually as well what with the LSD but was a bit heavier having proper glass, rear seats etc. That was a very popular model.

s m

16,914 posts

139 months

Thursday 29th November
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ukaskew said:
Didn't they end the run early or at least reduce the UK allocation? I remember people on here laughing off the £18k they were going for new at the time, they simply couldn't shift them.
159 sold

UK build numbers

001: pearl white, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti (RUK press cars)
002: pearl white, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate,ti (RUK)
003: pearl white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate,ti (RUK)
004: nimbus, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti (RUK)
005: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti (RUK)
006: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
007: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
008: white, blackwheels, cage/toyos, climate
009: white, red wheels, ti
010: pearl white, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
011: white, red wheels
012: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
013: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate,
014: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
015: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
016: black, black wheels
017: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, decal deletion
018: lunar grey, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
019: lunar, black wheels
020: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
021: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
022: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
023: black, black wheels, cage/toyos (RSR)
024: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate,ti
025: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
026: racing blue, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
027: nimbus, black wheels, cage/toyos
028: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
029: pearl white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate,ti
030: pearl white, red wheels, cage/toyos,ti
031: racing blue, red wheels cage/toyos, ti
032: liquid yellow, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
033: white, red wheels
034: black, red wheels, cage/toyos
035: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
036: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
037: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate,
038: pearl white, black wheels
039: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
040: white, red wheels
041: black, clack wheels, climate
042: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos
043: pearl white, black wheels, cage, climate,ti
044: lunar grey, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
045: pearl white, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
046: white, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
047: pearl white, black wheels, climate, ti
048: nimbus, red wheels, cage/toyos
049: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos (RS tuning)
050: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
051: white, black wheels, cage/toyos
052: lunar grey, black wheels, cage/toyos
053: lunar grey, black wheels
054: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
055: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
056: white, black wheels, cage/toyos
057: white, black wheels
058: white, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
059: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate,
060: white, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
061: white, red wheels, cage/toyos
062: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
063: nimbus, black wheels, climate
064: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti, decal deletion
065: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
066: lunar grey, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
067: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos
068: black, black wheels
069: liquid yellow, black wheels, climate, ti
070: white, red wheels, ti
071: white, black wheels
072: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
073: black, black wheels
074: racing blue, red wheels, cage/toyos
075: black, red wheels, ti
076: black, black wheels, cage/toyos (LHD)
077: racing blue, red wheels, cage/toyos (LHD)
078: pearl white, black wheels, climate
079: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
080: pearl white, black wheels
081: white, black wheels, cage
082: pearl white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
083: pearl white, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
084: white, black wheels, cage/toyos (LHD)
085: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
086: racing blue
087: nimbus, black wheels, cage/toyos
088: white, black wheels, cage/toyos
089: pearl white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
090: white, black wheels, cage/toyos
091: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
092: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
093: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, (LHD)
094: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos (RSR)
095: white, black wheels, cage/toyos
096: white, black wheels, cage, climate
097: white, black wheels, cage/toyos
098: racing blue, cage/toyos
099: lunar grey, black wheels, climate
100: pearl white, black wheels, climate
101: liquid yellow, black wheels, climate
102: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
103: black, black wheels, cage
104: black, black wheels, cage
105: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti, front fog lights
106: black, black wheels, cage
107: black, black wheels, cage
108: black, black wheels, cage
109: black, black wheels, cage
110: white, black wheels, cage, ti
111: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti, cobra imola drivers seat
112: white, black wheels, cage
113: white, black wheels, cage
114: white, black wheels, cage
115: racing blue, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
116: lunar grey, black wheels, cage, ti
117: lunar grey, black wheels, cage
118: pearl white, black wheels, cage, ti
119: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti
120: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
121: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
122: lunar grey, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
123: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
124: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
125: liquid yellow, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
126: liquid yellow, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
127: liquid yellow, red wheels, cage, climate
128: white, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
129: white, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
130: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
131: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
132: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
133: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
134: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, climate
135: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
136: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
137: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
138: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
139: lunar grey, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate, ti, decal deletion (LHD)
140: liquid yellow, black wheels, cage/toyos, climate
141: black, red wheels, cage/toyos
142: white, black wheels, toyos, climate
143: lunar grey, toyos
144: black, cage/toyos
145: pearl white, cage/toyos
146: lunar grey, cage/toyos
147: racing blue, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti (LHD)
148: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos
149: black, black wheels, cage/toyos
150: black, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
151: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
152: white,red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
153: racing blue, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
154: racing blue, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
155: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti, decal deletion
156: black, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
157: white, black wheels, cage/toyos, ti
158: white, red wheels, cage/toyos, ti
225: lunar grey, cage/toyos, ti


total numbers for each colour:

glacier white: 47
deep black: 43
lunar grey: 21
pearl white: 18
racing blue: 18
liquid yellow: 7
nimbus: 5


total number of cars fitted with titanium exhaust: 57

total number of cars fitted with climate: 63

David87

5,021 posts

148 months

Thursday 29th November
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Number 024 was mine. Ordered it brand new when I was 21 - used the money I'd saved for a house deposit. hehe

PixelpeepS3

5,429 posts

78 months

Thursday 29th November
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David87 said:
Number 024 was mine. Ordered it brand new when I was 21 - used the money I'd saved for a house deposit. hehe
beer

Track_Cit

449 posts

158 months

Thursday 29th November
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Great cars, the inflated value reflects theirrarity and greatness. When you consider people are trying to sell Golf GTI CSS's for 40k plus then this is decetn value. There are less of them and they're more hardcore, arguably more focused.

I currently own a Megane Trophy R and it is an epic car, just epic. I've been looking to change it and driven various other hardcore machines (exige S2 / V6 / Elise etc) and there really is not a lot that has the same grin factor, it just feels alive and eggs you to drive it harder. The grip is mind boggling. I'd urge anyone to have a go in one or the R26R before casting aspertions in relation to their increasing value! smile

For context, Steve Sutcliffes back to back test of the Golf GTI CSS and MEgane Trophy R showed the Golf only a few tenths of a second faster around a track. That is incredible when you cosider it's lighter and more powerful the much older Meg. As Steve said, a 911 would struggle to go faster, makes you realise how capable they are!

Miserablegit

317 posts

45 months

Thursday 29th November
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David87 said:
Number 024 was mine. Ordered it brand new when I was 21 - used the money I'd saved for a house deposit. hehe
beer

I'll second that!!

rossub

1,880 posts

126 months

Thursday 29th November
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Yeah but look at it. You weren't fooling me with the 'shakin that ass' advert Renault vomit

j_s14a

800 posts

114 months

Thursday 29th November
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Lovely thing, but cant help feel its expensive.

You can pick up a similar age and mileage, fresh import, Honda Integra DC5 for just over half the cost of the R26R, which will offer equivalent fun and performance, or a DC2 if you want the raw experience and don't mind something a little older. Still looks great too


WCZ

6,004 posts

130 months

Thursday 29th November
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David87 said:
Number 024 was mine. Ordered it brand new when I was 21 - used the money I'd saved for a house deposit. hehe
good man!

really impressive weight savings on these cars (112kg!) a proper reduction (take note porsche!)

the original Megane R was much more fun than the trophy r which I drove and quite frankly felt boring on track

Ahbefive

11,345 posts

108 months

Thursday 29th November
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j_s14a said:
You can pick up a similar age and mileage, fresh import, Honda Integra DC5 for just over half the cost of the R26R, which will offer equivalent fun and performance
rofl

rastapasta

424 posts

74 months

Thursday 29th November
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were the rollcages for show or are they approved pieces of kit to allow you to enter a group N clubmans rally for example??

Miserablegit

317 posts

45 months

Thursday 29th November
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Ahbefive said:
rofl
you can get a sausage roll from Greggs for a couple of quid as well. Is this relevant?
rofl