The next Megane RS will offer more than 300hp through its front wheels according to RenaultSport boss, putting rumors about an AWD powertrain to rest.
Auto Express spoke with Patrice Ratti about the upcoming French hot hatch, learning that Renault is keen to take back the front-wheel drive Nurburgring record, currently held by the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S.
Ratti also said that while the current Megane RS engine is able to produce up to 300hp, they don’t plan to develop that car any further, leaving the task of a new Ring record attempt for the next generation. “The [current] Megane is faster in the corners but you need power for the straight section”, he said. “We’ll have to save [the record attempt] for the next Megane, I think.”
The new generation will be a five-door only and will come with the usual visual enhancements such as wider fenders, redesigned bumpers and larger wheels. Patrice Ratti also said that the new RS will “probably” get a manual gearbox, with a double-clutch gearbox already confirmed.
“The EDC gearbox offers the car up to new markets, like Japan and Australia, but we would prefer to be able to offer the choice of a manual,” said Ratti. The four-wheel steering system that debuted in the Megane GT model will also be present but is expected to be tuned more aggressively in order for RenaultSport to achieve their target which is no other than the top of the class.