2018 Renault Megane RS Will Stick To FWD, Offer 300+HP

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.


  • Toronado_II

    Bad recipe !

  • Nicolas Klimczak

    Hello, sorry for my broken English! I’m the french maker of this fake Megane 4 RS.
    2 days ago, when Clio 4 RS facelift was reveled, I update my creations 😉 .

    • Zed68

      Joli !!

  • Elmediterraneo

    Perfect car for understeer lovers !

    • Matt

      The current 275 doesn’t really understeer, so a revised version of that recipe with a few more ponies isn’t going to make a big difference to handling.

      I mean AWD doesn’t automatically mean dynamic superiority, other than the fantastic Focus RS, the likes of the A45 AMG has been panned for its dull dynamics and isn’t particularly fun to drive, the complete opposite to reviews of the current Megane 275 Trophy.

      Honda almost made big power and FWD work with the Type-R, but I suspect Renault will do a better job because they seem to understand suspension compliance – the 275 for example is firm but still copes with bumps and rough roads with ease (unlike the too-stiff-for-the-road Civic).

    • chumaxa .

      He clearly does not know what he is talking about, do not waste your time, I have got a Megane RS ( with 300bhp+ remap) and other sporty rwd stuff, the Megane is just mega impressive in term of efficiency, you have to clearly have a poor driving skill to put it in a understeery position, with LSD on top … The merc and Focus are great cars, but Renault still have the best chassis, and avoid the torque steering .. At the end it does not matter how some hate Renault, when you got one you know what it is about … So when you see how the previous version handle 300 bhp, I do not worry about the next iteration, even if 5 doors and possible automatic gearbox will put off most of the customers …. Just like it did with the clio …

  • Vassilis

    They better stick to their manual gearbox plans! This can be a great car if they do it right.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Weak. In that I can’t have it.

  • david

    We have RS Megane in Australia. Released by Renault.I own one.
    There are at least 10 brand new track R.S Trophy-R for sale as we speak

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