Renault’s new contender for the fearsomely aggressive sizzling hatch phase – the all-new Megane RS – is likely one of the most extremely anticipated vehicles of 2018. Revealed on the Frankfurt Motor Present again in September, the 276bhp newcomer will tackle the Honda Civic Kind R, Volkswagen Golf GTI and SEAT Leon Cupra R for the title of greatest front-wheel drive sizzling hatch on sale. To that finish, the brand new Megane RS will try and reclaim its crown because the world’s quickest front-drive manufacturing automobile on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
The Megane RS relies on the usual five-door hatchback, though the physique has been prolonged by 60mm on the entrance and 45mm on the rear. On the former, a Components One-style entrance blade completed in gunmetal gray and chequered flag LED fog lamps have been included into the bumper design. In the meantime on the entrance wings, there are air vents behind the wheelarches that are designed to spice up airflow across the entrance of the automobile at excessive velocity.
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The aggressive styling continues on the again the place a central exhaust sits with the rear diffuser. The RS will get 18-inch alloys fitted as commonplace, whereas bigger 19-inch wheels can be found on the choices checklist. Renault has additionally added a brand new paint color referred to as Tonic Orange to the choices checklist.
Huge mechanical adjustments have taken place beneath the redesigned physique. Renault has ditched the outdated 2.Zero-litre turbo from the final Megane RS in favour of a 1.Eight-litre turbo four-cylinder. This is identical motor that appeared within the new Alpine A110 coupe, however it has been tweaked to develop 276bhp at 6,000rpm and 390Nm of torque from 2,400rpm. Renault is claiming gas economic system of over 34mpg with CO2 emissions of 155g/km.
Megane RS Trophy version on the way in which
Persevering with with custom, Renault has additionally confirmed extra centered Trophy model of the Megane RS will comply with round one yr after the automobile’s preliminary launch. The identical 1.Eight-litre turbo can be fitted beneath the bonnet however energy and torque improve to 295bhp and 400Nm respectively; a firmer Cup chassis and 19-inch alloy wheels will come as commonplace on Trophy fashions, whereas the Cup upgrades can be out there on the usual Megane RS, too.
Two transmission choices can be provided to patrons of the Megane Renaultsport: a six-speed guide or a six-speed dual-clutch auto. Fashions fitted with the automated gearbox, which is more likely to command a four-figure worth premium over the guide, get launch management in addition to a multi-change-down perform which permits the motive force to carry out quick sequential downchanges beneath braking utilizing the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
5 driving modes (Consolation, Regular, Sport, Race and Perso) accessed by way of the Megane’s digital show tailor the automobile’s steering, throttle and transmission setup accordingly. An RS Drive button gives a shortcut to Sport and Race modes.
The Megane RS options the four-wheel steering system referred to as 4CONTROL that’s out there on the Megane GT. Nevertheless, Renault claims that 4WS is a primary for the recent hatch phase. Designed to spice up agility at low velocity and stability at high-speed, the system can be fitted to each mannequin as commonplace. A brand new Torsen restricted slip entrance differential can also be fitted to fashions specced with the retuned springs and dampers of the Cup chassis.
One other first for the phase and the Megane RS, Renault claims, are the automobile’s hydraulic compressions stops. Derived from motorsport, they’re designed enhance consolation and physique management by decreasing the quantity of rebound from the suspension.
Inside, the bucket seats may be completed in Alcantara or a carbon fibre weave sample and are available fitted as commonplace. A digital instrument panel, ornamental pink stitching, aluminium pedals and an Eight.7-inch portrait touchscreen, which is loaded with Renault’s newest R-LINK 2 multimedia system in addition to Apple CarPlay, are additionally discovered within the cabin. The R-LINK 2 system contains a new RS Monitor, which tracks and data the automobile’s telemetry and driver efficiency. A digicam may be linked to the system permitting the motive force to view on-track footage on the Eight.7-inch show.
Different commonplace creature comforts embody Adaptive Cruise Management, a reversing digicam, entrance and rear parking sensors plus a hands-free parking perform.
The Megane RS goes on sale in UK within the spring, and though official costs are but to be confirmed, a beginning worth under £30,000 is predicted.
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