2018 Renault Megane RS Breaks Cover With Alpine A110’s Engine

Contrary to some previous reports, the new generation Renault Megane RS features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and not a 2.0-liter unit.

The powertrain, which comes straight from the Alpine A110, has been massaged to deliver 280PS (276hp) and 390Nm (288lb-ft) of torque, channeled to the front wheels through either a manual or an automatic dual-clutch transmission, both of them offered with six ratios.

Renault says that the EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) stands out through a number of specific features, such as the special paddle shifters, similar to those used in motorsport, allowing the driver to change gear without taking his/hers hands off the steering wheel when cornering. It also gets ‘Launch Control’, for almost perfect getaways, and ‘Multi-Change Down’ technology, for fast sequential down-changing that allows those behind the wheel to downshift several gears in quick succession, under braking.

The all-new Renault-Megane RS is offered, as it was announced a few months ago, with a choice of two chassis settings – Sport and Cup. These get the brand’s 4Control four-wheel steering, front and rear hydraulic compression stops -a technology that comes straight from motorsport and provides additional damping- independent steering axis front suspension and a Torsen limited-slip differential, which is a Cup-only feature.

Regardless of their choice, drivers can select between one of the five driving modes – Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race, and Perso. Providing a shortcut access to the Sport and Race modes is the ‘R.S. Drive’ button, with a short or long press, respectively.

On the outside, the French hot hatch has wider fenders, extended by 60mm (2.36in) and 45mm (1.77in) at the front and rear, respectively, compared to the Megane GT, a new front bumper, with a Formula 1-style blade and a wide air intake, as well as a specific grille with diamond grid pattern.

Its profile is dominated by the extractor vents on the front fenders, and the special 18- and 19-inch wheels. The rear gets an F1-inspired diffuser, a centrally-positioned exhaust pipe and a Megane RS hallmark.

Completing the color palette is a new shade, called Volcanic Orange, which benefits from “special work to combine a unique sheen with a special effect as light reflects off the body”, the automaker says, just like the Liquid Yellow, a Renaultsport signature.

Inside, the sports front seats with integrated headrests stand out, as does the charcoal grey cockpit with red top-stitching, and bespoke aluminum pedal and gear lever. Customers can also choose between the ‘carbon fiber weave’ or Alcantara upholsteries.

An upgraded RS Monitor is also part of the package, with a choice of two configurations: ‘RS Monitor’, which displays the driver’s performance in real time on the R-Link 2 screen, and the ‘RS Monitor Expert’, which allows the driver to connect a camera in order to film their drive, and then to play it back, analyze and share the film of their runs on social media.

Last, but not least, the car features a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as the Lane Departure Warning, Safe Distance Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition with Over Speed Prevention, Blind Spot Warning, Easy Park Assist, front, rear and side parking sensors, reversing camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Active Emergency Braking System.

Sitting under the spotlight at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new generation Renault Megane RS will go on sale in Europe this December, and in the United Kingdom next spring.

A more powerful Trophy version of the car, complete with 300PS (296hp), 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque and the Cup chassis as standard will debut by the end of 2018.

* Article has been updated with live photos from the Frankfurt motor show

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  • Dennis James

    It may be technically nice, but, while the new Megane looks very good on the outside, on the inside is looks awful, and the plastics below the dashboard line are some of the worst-looking and feeling plastics I have ever seen in a modern car.

    • TheHake

      As on the Talisman. Fantastic looking car let down by sub-par materials used inside.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Like the previous RS Megane you won’t give two hoots about interior plastics when you’re having the time of your life unable to wipe the smile off your dial from the way it drives.

      • SteersUright

        You ALWAYS car about the interior. Thats such nonsense. This isn’t a bare bones race car and most will be used to commute, meaning you’ll spend more time in traffic inside this thing than outside staring at it or on a track with a huge grin. Im sure it will perform wonderfully, but that does not excuse the poor execution on the inside.

        • Mr_Fanta_Pants

          In 6 years and 100,000km I’ve never once cared about the apparent lack of interior quality of my Megane RS250.

    • SteersUright

      Was just thinking, “damn, cool specs but what a dull interior!”. A car this special should’ve had a much more special interior.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    The manual has a real handbrake and the auto an electronic one.

    Yellow or Orange?

    • jo jo ochoa

      Real one. On the other side i’m curious which infotainment unit will be paired with manual gearbox, cause i saw somewhere a photo ”small screen -> manual / big screen -> automatic”. Don’t know if its some regulations or what else….

      • Mr_Fanta_Pants

        It’s more likely a base model with the small screen and the upper model with the tablet.

  • Igor Brezovic

    The real R.S. appeal was never in the looks…it was all about the handling with go-kart feeling and precise steering. If that stays the same – we have a winner! Hope that they didn’t spoil it like R. S. Clio. Yellow Sirius should be the ONLY color, btw…

  • Vassilis

    The car is stunning and should be great to drive! We did expect more power but maybe it’s better this way. The Cup chassis with the LSD, 245-section tyres and 4WS should be awesome!

  • TheHake

    I just love those driving lights!

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    it’ll better than cupra r

  • Facebook User

    It’s good but my problem with it is the headlights, the extended LED light forming a ‘C’ shape, I really hate it. I just wished the entire megan family would have this led light terminating where the main headlight case ends. It would have looked much better.

    • I believe they’ll get rid of that in the facelift…
      I agree, it looks bad.

      • alexxx

        I hope they won’t….it looks perfect…

    • Kaisuke971

      I think it makes the front, gives it a really strong presence on the road

    • DM

      I used to think that but once you see them light up at night it really does it justice. IMO it makes the car stand out

      • Facebook User

        Just seen a youtube promo trailer. It doesn’t look that bad and something I can get used to but I would still remove it. At least it isn’t overboard as some honda electric vehicle which went even further down. Everything else is nice, especially the turbo noise, I just love it.

  • Kaisuke971

    Finally ! I can’t wait to see how it performs especially the Trophy version, but already it looks good

  • DM

    Renault is on a roll lately! Gorgeous car. I agree the interior could be better but what the hell this car looks mad compared to a VW. This is what a hot hatch should look like. I’ve seen some Clios RS in the streets and thought they were beautiful but the Megane tops it. Great job!

  • fabri99

    Quite beautiful, really… Although it’s not the looks that we care about on a Meganè RS, do we?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Still wish there was a new three-door coupe.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Ok.

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