2018 Renault Megane R.S. is a 205kW, four-wheel steering weapon
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Renault Sport has taken the wraps off the all-new 2018 Renault Megane R.S. performance hatchback at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
Available in two chassis configurations, Sport and Cup – with a third extreme Trophy version expected in late 2018 – both models will arrive with an all-new engine, wider tracks and sculpted bodywork.
Underneath the new body will also be a four-wheel steering system as standard, dubbed 4Control by Renault, to deliver greater agility and quicker handling. It’s the first time the technology has been used in the hot hatch segment.
“Performance is the chief reason our customers cite for purchasing the Megane R.S. and the All-New Megane R.S. takes the styling and technologies even further to deliver truly exceptional driving enjoyment,” said Patrice Ratti, General Manager of Renault Sport Cars.
The new front bumpers incorporate a F1-styled aerodynamic blade, wide air intakes and a new grille design unique to the Megane R.S. range.
Extractor vents have been added behind the front wheels as well as a new lip spoiler and diffuser at the rear end.
Front and rear hydraulic compression stops, a technology derived from the world of motorsport, provide additional damping and are said to eliminate the effects of rebound.
The last Megan R.S. model was only available with paddle shift, but thankfully Renault has seen the light and will offer the new model in a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch automatic.
Power will come by the way of all-new 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine pushing out 205kW of power at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque. Renault Sport Racing Formula 1 engineers were called upon to aid in the development of new cylinder heads, revised dual-intake air filters and a twin scroll turbo.
The traditionally sporty interior remains in the new model with sports front seats with red top-stitching finished in either a carbon fibre eave or alcantara.
Renaults’ latest R-Link 2 muiltimedi system will also be standard and operated via a 8.7-inch screen.
Renault Formula 1 driver, Nico Hulkenburg, was one of the key development drivers during the new Megane R.S. project and has given the final product his seal of approval at the launch.
“Thanks to the new technologies it packs, including 4Control technology, the New Mégane R.S. is even more efficient and nimble than its predecessor,” he said
Order books for the new French hot hatch won’t open until the first quarter of 2018 in Europe, and those of us in Australasia will most likely be left waiting slightly longer, but if the first details are anything to go by – it could be well worth the wait. As yet, no pricing has been announced for either market.
“Our intention is to see the All-New Mégane R.S. remain the C-segment hot hatch benchmark,” said Ratti.