The Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) organisers have confirmed that both the Ford Focus RS and Renault Mégane Sport 250 will be unveiled to the Australian public for the first time during the event.
The Focus RS – which is profiled on our site here – is the latest in a long list of Ford cars to carry the ‘RS’ badge, with it being stylistically reminiscent of the Ford Forcus World Rally Championship campaigner.
Powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that delivers 224kW of power, it also comes equipped with a limited slip differential, 19-inch alloys and high-performance brakes.
Ford Australia’s president and CEO, Martin Burela said: “Ford will be showcasing a number of special models at this year’s Australian International Motor Show and the stunning Focus RS is one of them.
“This will be the car’s public debut in Australia, a rare and special chance for hot hatch fans to get up close to one.
Demand for the hot hatch is expected to be very intense, and with just 315 models being sent to Australia for sale, prospective buyers will need to get in quickly.
Renault also has quite a pedigree in hot hatches, with one of its more famous versions being the Renault 5 and Clio Sport models released in previous decades.
Its Mégane Sport 250 will be very much aiming to follow the trend, and the RS will be released in Cup and Cup Trophee versions. Both are equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivering 186kW of power.
Similarly to the Focus RS, it is also equipped with a limited slip diff and it will be shod with Brembo brakes.
One of the key selling points with the Mégane Sport 250 is its onboard telemetry function, that collects data – such as engine performance, G-force readings, and a lap timer – through a series of sensors in the car.
“The Mégane Renault Sport 250 range will be launched at the Australian International Motor Show in October,” Renault Australia MD Rudi Koenig announced.
“Renault recognises that its Renault Sport customers make up some of its most devoted and loyal fan base. This product has been developed to exceed their expectations.”
The Mégane Renault Sport 250 has achieved considerable recognition overseas, winning the Which Car (UK) Hot Hatch Car of the Year 2010 award, in addition to the accolades Renault received when awarded Manufacturer of the Year by Top Gear in 2009.
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