2018 Renault Megane RS Wants To Be The New FWD ‘Ring King

The new generation Renault Megane RS was spotted lapping the Nurburgring, likely trying to set a new record for front-wheel drive production cars.

To do so, it needs to go around the iconic track faster than the Honda Civic Type R, which posted an record time of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds earlier this year, when it stole the crown from the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.

Whether it will succeed is a good question, but Renault’s latest compact hot hatch is 40PS (39hp) and 10Nm (7lb-ft) less powerful than its Japanese rival. This means that it puts down 280PS (276hp) and 390Nm (lb-ft) of torque, from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that comes straight from the Alpine A110.

Despite falling behind of the Civic Type R in terms of power, the Megane RS comes with a few tricks up its sleeves, such as two chassis settings, a clever suspension inspired from motorsport, and four-wheel steering, combined with new aerodynamics that improve its cornering abilities.

Renault will open the order books for the new Megane RS in Europe this December, and a few months later, the car will arrive in the United Kingdom. No pricing details have been announced yet.

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  • gregory cassanova

    doesnt make much of a noise does it?

    • MRCLKBLACK

      As long as it sounds as good as the A110 from inside, the noise outside won’t matter! If you,ve seen some of those videos with the A110, it sounds really close to a naturally aspirated engine from the inside. Nothing like other turbocharged four cylinders.

  • Bash

    That is a big shoe to fill, and it has big potentials, but lets see!!

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    It’s going to have to be bloody amazing to get me to give up my RS250.

  • Socarboy

    If this thing turns out to be the new hot shoe for this class this would be a great vehicle to inject excitement into Nissan’s dull USA lineup of compact class-C vehicles…Nissan Pulsar rides again!

    • Frogs legs

      They should sell it in the USA as a Nissan… (if the French ego would allow)

      • Matt

        Nissan were already developing a Pulsar Nismo but they canned the project.

        And Renault (or any manufacturer) would never allow their volume model/brand hero to be cynically rebadged in another market.

    • LWOAP

      No way this will ever rebadged as a Nissan in the US.

  • Rubbish

    “2018 Renault Megane RS Wants To Be The New FWD ‘Ring King”

    …actually a black Porsche, white Megane, blue BMW, silver Megane and a camo Ford Focus wagon(?) video…!
    Rubbish Carscoops – and I bet this comment doesn’t get posted!

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