The RS steers faithfully and body control is top-notch. The handling is brilliant, the grip is sensational and the four-wheel steering is a revelation, making the car dart around with almost unseemly agility. It’s tremendous fun.

Inside, there are figure-hugging Recaro seats. Perceived quality is a little mixed, but there are plenty of sporting touches, and although the infotainment system isn’t the most modern or easiest to use, it can be bypassed via smartphone mirroring.

There’s a decent amount of space up front, and two adults will be fine in the back. The boot is a good size and well-shaped – useful for that trip to the Nürburgring.

Prices start at around £23,000 for a 2018 RS 280 model. Expect to fork out £25,000-£30,000 on a 300 Trophy or rather more than £50,000 for the stripped-out Trophy-R.

Need to know

The official WLTP fuel economy figure for the RS 280 is 35.8mpg and a near-identical 35.3mpg for the more powerful RS 300 Trophy. If you go for one with an automatic gearbox, these figures improve.

You can buy one of two Easylife service plans from Renault, provided you do so within a year of the registration date. The least expensive is a three-year/30,000-mile schedule for £449 or a four-year/40,000-mile plan for £699.

Pay particular attention to the carbonfibre wheels that come as an option on Trophy-R models. These cost £12,000 when new and will be very expensive to repair or replace.

Our pick

Megane RS 280 Cup: There isn’t a huge difference in price between the standard RS and the Cup, so stick your neck out and go for an RS 280 equipped with the Cup chassis if you can find one. Great bang-for-buck potential.

Wild card

Megane RS Trophy-R: Uncompromised but addictive, and jaw-droppingly expensive for good measure. Go for this hardcore version and the rear seats are removed altogether.