New Renault Megane RS: First Photos Of Super-Hot French Hatch!

The first official images of Renault’s 2018 Megane RS have emerged on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show where the French hot hatch will celebrate its world premiere.

Renault Sport’s more aggressive take on the standard Megane brings broader wheelarches with the front ones incorporating air vents, spoilered up bumpers on both ends and chunky rims with low profile performance tires.

Other distinguishing exterior features include the front bumper’s lower light units that form a chequered flag motif and the prominent rear diffuser with a central mounted exhaust. There’s also a rather inconspicuous rear wing.

From the single interior photo we have we see that the RS gains a sporty steering wheel with a red marker at 12 o’clock, body-hugging bucket seats and a combination of red trimmings and aluminum décor throughout.

While it was previously thought that the new Megane RS might get a 2.0-liter turbo mill, it’s now believed that it will use the use Alpine’s turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol instead, possibly producing around 300 horses. Renault has confirmed that it will offer both a six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels.

As with other sporty Megane models, the RS will get Renault’s ‘4Control’ rear-wheel steering that’s controlled by an electromagnetic actuator mounted on the rear axle fitted as standard.

We’ll have full details on Renault’s Honda Civic Type R challenger on Tuesday. In the meantime, you can catch up on all the debuts taking place at the coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show here.

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  • Mike Gonzalez

    Hot, although a little tackiness à la Honda Civic TypeR would be welcome for an extra sportiness

    • Kaisuke971

      No, i can already spot some fake intakes and suspect “aero” that’s enough. In person it looks more agressive

      • Six_Tymes

        i agree. NO unnecessary crap wanted

  • Tinky-Winky

    lol, stop with those low-res photo “leaks” already.

    • Matt

      What’s the alternative, no photos?

      • Tinky-Winky

        Alternative? Just release the real photos. This is already 3rd or 4th article about “leaked” photos in a day, so it’s obvious that there are no hackers behind those leaks just hours before the true reveal, it’s just another marketing BS of car makers.

        • Matt

          I don’t have evidence either way (and neither do you), but I don’t believe these grainy, low-res ‘leaks’ are the doing of Renault themselves, or at least not in an official capacity.

          Automakers either want to create hype for a new product with strategic teaser photos, or just hit everyone with beautiful high-res images that they’ve paid an agency big dollars to produce.

          ‘Leaking’ said images early in a poor quality format so close to official reveal doesn’t make any sense to me.

          These leaks are normally the result of automakers supplying the images to magazines with embargos on them until launch date, and said magazines defying the embargo and supplying scans/photos of images to websites like CS…

  • Mark S

    Hey Nissan! This would make a Great New 200sx or Sentra SER Stateside.

    • Matt

      Yeah but it’s a Renault.. so it wouldn’t make a great Nissan. It would make a great Renault (that hasn’t been engineered for US regulations) with a Nissan badge on it.

      Nissan already has access to this platform and drivetrain, and it’s up to them to build a Nissan-looking hatch around it, not lazily steal the Megane which doesn’t conform to any Nissan design characteristics.

      Plus it would dilute the esteemed ‘RS’ brand so it won’t happen. Even within the alliance there are engineering/technology lines that shouldn’t be crossed. In the same way you wouldn’t see a Renault GT-R, because it would dilute the appeal of a brand-specific flagship.

      • actually it is nissan who build/develop the engine and as you say have access to the platform, renault re-tune the head, it was first reveal with a nismo pulsar with 275 HP in 2014, which nissan showed at paris auto show, but as am aware it was still under development/testing during that time, it was spotted at the nurburgring in it’s nismo suit, but the engine made it debut first reveal in a 2013 nissan sentra nismo concept with 240 Hp with the engine sized to be 1.8 liter. The nissan pulsar nismo was suppose to be release in 2015.Never happen.

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      please nissan revive pulsar gti r

  • SteersUright

    Certainly no beauty by any stretch, should be quite the performer though. And despite the wackiness, I find the Civic Type R more exciting, if not also a bit too juvenile, to look at.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Coming for you type r.

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