New Renault Megane RS Detailed In 132 Images

Renault invited journalists from all over the world to Spain recently, to drive the new generation Megane RS.

This means that the first reviews will arrive shortly, but before they do, the automaker decided to treat us to an extensive image gallery of the car, using different backgrounds.

Unveiled during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the latest Renault Megane RS comes with two chassis settings, a clever suspension setup, four-wheel steering, and other cool features implemented from the automaker’s motorsport division, with the help of their F1 driver, Nico Hulkenberg.

“After having been involved in the development process during 2017, I’m very proud to be the ambassador for the new Renault Megane RS“, Hulkenberg said. “I had the opportunity to drive the car at various racetracks – Monaco, Montlhery, and Spa-Francorchamps – and I was impressed by the efficiency of the latest onboard technologies.”

It takes 5.8sec to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in the French hot hatch, which is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 280PS (276hp) and 390Nm (lb-ft) of torque. The numbers may not be on par with those of the Ford Focus RS, Audi RS3 Sportback, or Mercedes-AMG A45, but for a front-wheel drive car, it’s quite something.

Also, a more potent Megane RS Trophy is coming by the end of this year, with 300PS (296hp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque, and this one is expected to challenge the Honda Civic Type R’s Nurburgring lap record for FWD production cars.

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  • fabri99

    It looks very mean, I like it. Hopefully it lives up to the expectations, the previous generations were absolutely mind-blowing, but contenders have definitely caught up. Renault Sport slipped a bit with the latest Clio RS, I hope that’s not the new trend (especially if it will actually cost close to €40,000).

    • Kaisuke971

      The Clio 4 RS was still up to Renault Sport standards in terms of driving dynamics and performance, but the experience was tarnished by an unreliable and rather slow gearbox, the lack of a manual and a not so great sounding engine (most of which was corrected on the Trophy). I’m sure they’ve learnt from that, the Alpine for example has received a very positive feedback from pretty much everyone that has reviewed it.

      And honestly, even before anyone got to drive it there was already mixed feelings about the Clio because RS dropped the manual, the NA engine and the 2 door version. The car was set up to a rough start

      • fabri99

        Definitely.

  • StrangerGP

    too slow, too expensive and not 4×4

    • Evos and Impreza STIs

      All points in which the Japanese acheived much greatness……20yrs ago. Days long gone tho.

    • Eunos

      The Fun factor and engaging experience is what really matters here

    • Matt

      AWD would have made it heavier… and slower (and more expensive).

  • Kaisuke971

    Best looking hatch on the market ?

    • JimmyK

      From outside sure.From inside I don’t think so…

  • 31/12/2999

    This is art.

  • ace_9

    Those fake big front air intakes are really stupid…

  • Karl

    Very nice update indeed..

  • alexxx

    Drool…

  • SteersUright

    The front, especially the headlights, aren’t to my liking. I do like the side profile and air vent. Overall though, not a very inspiring hot hatch design for me. Same like Golf R, Focus RS, etc., Only the Sti ever offered something truly race-car-like with its flared fenders back when they made a hatch version. I love little details like that. Why cant any of these get flared fenders to look more DTM and less mundane hatch with a hot engine? Anyhow, nitpicking and thinking aloud, Im sure this is a great drive.

  • Vassilis

    So cool!

  • Brendan Feldwick

    Looking forward to seeing this in Australia. Cmon, Renault..

  • DM

    SEXY SEXY CAR. Period.

  • Richard Houlton

    Who’s going to be an early adopter when you know the 300hp one is “coming”? I think their target market will hold off and wait for the Trophy. I would.

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