Even though I was quite fond of my modified Volvo V50 T5, it never felt special enough to me. Great cruiser, but everytime I drive my MINI, I wished my daily felt a little more like that. So I started looking at Mégane 3’s, for which I blame both EVO Magazine and Matt’s stunning red RS250. Was looking at German cars for a while, because there are always a lot for sale over there. Car had to be in Cup-spec, I preferred it to be yellow and Recaro’s would be nice. Then I stumbled on one for sale over here: original Dutch car form 2010, 63.000km, full history, Cup, yellow, Recaro’s. Made a good deal on trading in the Volvo, so last Friday I drove of with this: Car is exactly as I would’ve specced it when new: - Cup 2 with 19” Steev - cloth Recaro's - Sportmonitor - Pack Visibilité - Pack Essentiel - 3D Sound by Arkamys Very fresh car, just some scratches on the rear bumper and a little wear on the drivers seat side bolster. Fully stock, except for a custom remap from Fastchip, the guy that developed the RSTuner. Found this dyno run done the by first owner on a forum (at the wheels): Bye bye Volvo: As soon as I took it for a spin I had a “click” with this car, love the way it drives and steers. I’ve got a lot of experience with front wheel drive cars, but having a limited slip differential sure is a whole new game to play. Love how you can nudge it up to the edge of grip and than use the diff to tuck the nose even more into a corner. After I took those pictures up top, I met up with a friend who was doing a photoshoot: To our amazement I was able to keep up with the Evora 400 from 70-170pkh quite well, so it seems to be running ok. But I got this car to do more road trips with the Misses, so figured I might as well go with a head start… A couple of friends were going to be at the Nürburgring this weekend, so we booked a hotel and set of for the ‘Ring on saturday. Apart from the RS-part a Mégane is still a quite car, so even with lots of holiday traffic and rain it was still an ok trip. Spent the afternoon chatting with friends and watching the track, with that horrible Civic crash as a dark reminder of the risks involved. Had a steak on a stone, ice at the ‘Eisdiele’ and some drinks before heading for our temporary German bed… Excellent weather on sunday, so it was very busy with a lot of closed track time as a result as well. I’d only done some passenger laps before, so this was my first time driving on the Nordschleife. My aim was to have fun but keep it safe and return home with my 2-days-old-car still looking shiny. That’s exactly how it went, with 2 grinning people in the car as a result: After that we had dinner at the Pistenklause with the whole gang, and set of for the 3 hour drive home. I was easily able to get it up to an indicated 270kph (167mph), a nudge over 265 on my GPS. Cup suspension does feel a little stiff, but it’s easily well within my tolerances. Never felt the need to stop during those 3 hours. All in all a great introduction to my new car, or, as I told a friend: I had more fun in those 3 days than I had in 2,5 ears of Volvo ownership! No disadvantages at all? Well, some: - engine sound, or a lack thereof - audio: the Arkamys is far for impressive, stereo in the Volvo was miles better - no height adjustment on the seat belts, they cut into your neck depending on what you’re wearing - the stiff suspension: not a problem in itself, but the headlights are very bouncing when driving fast on the Autobahn. Luckily the roads over here are much smoother, and a lot of them are lit at night - some of the ergonomics are hilariously French, like the hidden Sport button that only works after disabling your cruise control in the center console, or the secret button press to activate the Sportmonitor - the pedals are unsuited to heel and toe, at least to my large feet. I’ve seen throttle pedal spacers for the Fiesta/Focus ST, maybe someone should develop something like that for the Mégane Lots of plans of course (duh ), starting with new license plates and some more engine sound.