New Megane R.S to pack a 280hp 1.8 turbo engine, an automatic for the first time and a heap of performance technology
Renault Sport takes its hot hatches very seriously. And the new Renault Megane R.S is one of their most powerful yet. Under the bonnet lies the most powerful 1.8 litre engine in its class – a turbo unit that produces 280hp (205kW) and 390Nm peak torque from 2,400-4,800rpm.
Two transmissions will be available for the first time ever in the Megane R.S with a six-speed EDC automatic – with paddle shifters, of course – joining the traditional six-speed manual gearbox.
The auto is found in a number of other Renault models, but it has been tweaked and strengthened to handle the Megane R.S grunt. The EDC auto will also have a number of different drive settings, too: Comfort and Normal provide smooth gear changes for everyday driving around town, Sport provides sharper gear changes and an amplified engine noise and Race puts the Megane R.S in full attack mode, with a focus on the quickest gear changes possible.
Auto models also have launch control to make for the perfect start every time.
Naturally, Renault Sport has put a lot of effort into handling and braking. There’s four wheel steering system, called 4CONTROL, which is activated at above 60km/h or in 100km/h in Race Mode and allows the rear wheels to steer in the same direction as the front wheels to allow for greater agility.
Below speeds of 60km/h or 100km/h the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the fronts.
Manual cars are available with Sport of the sharper and optional Cup chassis, which is also bundled with bi-material Brembo brakes. The standard car is equipped with more conventional brakes.
The new Megane R.S is set apart from the standard Megane by way of its unique front bumper with gun metal grey F1-style blade and honeycomb front grille and rear bumper with functioning diffuser and central exhaust. The feisty French hatch rides on 19inch “Interlagos” alloys.
The new Megane R.S has a wealth of technology including LED headlights, R.S Monitor which provides performance data, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, satellite navigation and an 8.7 inch infotainment screen, automatic parking, dual-zone climate control and push button start.
The interior is decorated with a smattering of “R.S” logos and the sports seats are covered in R.S sports trim and the steering wheel and gear lever are wrapped in luxurious Nappa leather.
A sunroof, opening sunroof, Alcantara and a Bose stereo are available as options.
The all-new Megane R.S will be priced from $44,990 for the manual and $47,490 for the automatic.